Detecting random responding using the assessment of depression inventory: A brief screening measure of depression

James P. LePage, Neil L. Mogge, Elizabeth A. Garcia-Rea

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Background: Traditionally, the assessment of random responding in psychological assessment tools has been the primary domain of large multi-scale inventories. However, the ability of clinicians to assess random responding when using short symptom inventories is also an important facet of reliably assessing psychopathology and psychological distress. Methods: This study assesses the effectiveness of a short symptom inventory, the Assessment of Depression Inventory (ADI), to assess random responding. Results: The responses of 335 clinical patients, 150 responses from a feigning population, and 1,000 generated random profiles were compared to determine if the Random and Reliability scales of the ADI could detect adequately random responses. Conclusions: Findings indicate that even scales as short as four items can be used to detect random responses in symptom inventories at levels equivalent to or better than longer multi-scale inventories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)592-595
Number of pages4
JournalDepression and Anxiety
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2009



  • Assessment
  • Depression
  • Random-responding
  • Surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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