Complications associated with surveying medical student depression: The importance of anonymity

Ruth E. Levine, Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, Frederick S. Sierles, Gwendie Camp

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Objective: To evaluate students' attitudes and concerns regarding potential repercussions of completing the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). Methods: A survey based on focus group data was developed and distributed. Results: One hundred and ninety-one of 400 surveys (48%) were returned. Of 160 students who remembered completing the BDI, 31 (19%) admitted to concerns about the research, and nearly 10% admitted to recording dishonest answers. Conclusions: These findings emphasize the importance of conducting anonymous assessments of medical students, particularly when assessing sensitive psychological states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-18
Number of pages7
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2003
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Education

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