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Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale

1. The BPRS is comprised of how many items that can be rated from not present (1) to extremely severe (7)?

A. 8

B. 15

C. 24

D. 35


2. The general guidelines for the BPRS is to rate subjects according to which of the following criteria?

A. Is the symptom present

B. How frequently does it occur

C. What is the degree of impairment

D. All of the above


3. If unsure on a particular rating, one should always rate ‘down.’

A. True

B. False


4. When rating anxiety, which of the following should be used?

A. The client’s self-report

B. Observations of physical signs of nervousness

C. Family members’ reports of client

D. All of the above


5. When rating suspiciousness, ratings of 3 or above should also be rated under “Unusual Thought Content.”

A. True

B. False


6. When rating tension, it should not be rated according to the patient’s self-reported experiences of tension, as these are rated under which category?

A. Depression

B. Anxiety

C. Suicidality

D. Hostility


7. Also considered is the individual’s behavior over the previous 2-3 days and this can be reported by the patient’s family.

A. True

B. False


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