What Does the Brief Symptom Inventory Measure in College and University Counseling Center Clients?

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Abstract

This study examined the reliability and validity of the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI) with a college and university counseling center population. Specifically, 2,078 clients from 31 counseling centers completed the BSI at intake. An exploratory factor analysis conducted on half the sample yielded a 6-factor solution rather than the 9-factor solution proposed by L. R. Derogatis (1993) or the 1-factor solution identified in previous research. A subsequent confirmatory factor analysis conducted on the remainder of the sample revealed support for the 6-factor model. Implications for using the BSI with counseling center clients, normative data based on client sex, and recommendations for further instrument development are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)360-367
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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