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Beck Youth Inventories - Second Edition

Clinical | Educational | Emotional Intelligence | Psychopathology | Clinical Diagnosis | Screening

The Beck Youth Inventories™ -Second Edition (BYI-II™) for Children and Adolescents allows clinicians to assess clients up to the age of 18 years, assuring confidence in their clinical decision making, while helping them to plan effective interventions. Consisting of five self-report inventories, the BYI-II™ can be used separately or in combination to assess symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger, disruptive behaviour, and self-concept.


The five inventories each contain 20 questions about thoughts, feelings and behaviours associated with emotional and social impairment in youth. Children and adolescents describe how frequently the statement has been true for them during the past two weeks, including the day they complete it. The instruments measure the child or adolescent’s emotional and social impairment in five specific areas:

  • DEPRESSION INVENTORY: allows for the early identification of symptoms of depression. It includes items related to a child or adolescent’s negative thoughts about self, life and the future, feelings of sadness and guilt, and sleep disturbance.
  • ANXIETY INVENTORY: reflects on children and adolescents’specific worries about school performance, the future, negative reactions of others, fears including loss of control, and physiological symptoms associated with anxiety.
  • ANGER INVENTORY: evaluates a child or adolescent’s thoughts of being treated unfairly by others, feelings of anger and hatred.
  • DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOUR INVENTORY: identifies thoughts and behaviours associated with conduct disorder and oppositional-defiant behaviour.
  • SELF-CONCEPT INVENTORY: taps cognitions of competence, potency, and positive self-worth.


The BYI-II™ can be used for the following:

  • Screen student mental health though individual and group administration.
  • Assessment of adolescents with special needs and a low reading level.
  • Identificationof impaired children for referral to more extensive assessment services.
  • Identifying potential vulnerability to bullying/victimisation.
  • Tracking and monitoring students over time on the same group of integrated instruments.


  • Score Report - contains agraphical representation of the examinee’s T scores, accompanied by a table listing their raw score, cumulative percentage, and severity level. The report also includes examinercomments, additional information, critical items,omitted itemsand item responses.
  • Progress Report - features a graphical display of inventory-by-inventory changes in an examinee’s scores for up to five BYI-2 administrations.


Although South African research and norms are not yet available for the BYI-II, JVR Psychometrics welcomes the opportunity to partner with clients in conducting research studies in their organisations.

Basic info



Age range

Individuals ages 7 - 18 years

Administration time

5 minutes per inventory

Comparison group

Global norms

Language availability


Scoring options


Integrated report options


Additional info

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