Anxiety and depression in mothers of children undergoing bone marrow transplant: Symptom prevalence and use of the beck depression and beck anxiety inventories as screening instruments

Sharon Manne, Nancy Nereo, Katherine Duhamel, Jamie Ostroff, Susan Parsons, Richard Martini, Sharon Williams, Laura Mee, Sandra Griffin Bishop Sexson, Julie Lewis, Suzanne J. Vickberg, William H. Redd

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This study examined anxiety and depressive symptoms among 115 mothers of children undergoing bone marrow transplant and evaluated the ability of the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI; A. T. Beck, N. Epstein, et al., 1988) and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI; A. T. Beck, 1978) to serve as screening tools for assessing generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder (PD), and major depressive disorder (MDD). Mothers with BAI or BDI scores greater than or equal to 14 were administered a structured clinical interview. An additional 20% was randomly selected for interview to determine whether the scale cutoff was an accurate screening method. Among the 64 mothers interviewed, 20% received at least 1 of the 3 diagnoses. Although the BAI did not demonstrate predictive accuracy in assessing GAD and PD, the BDI did in assessing MDD. The results suggest that a subset of mothers may have an anxiety or depressive disorder and that investigators should use caution before using the BAI as a screening instrument for anxiety disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1037-1047
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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