Book: The Jacobson Joy Inventory - A New Look at Measuring Depression by David Jacobson
categories: Book, Mental Illness, Mental Health, Psychological Pathologies, Behavioral Health, Therapeutic, Positive Psychology, Psychiatry, Beck Depresion Scale, Depression
David Jacobson about this book: I wrote this book to spark interest in testing and using pioneering new kinds of measures to use with people struggling with depression. The book is geared towards clinicians working with patients dealing with depression, but has a message for all. I am currently researching the 2 new measures int he book at the University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry in conjunction with Banner University Medical Center where I am currently the Director of Behavioral Health Case Management. The two measures are 1. The Jacobson Joy Inventory and 2. The Positive Health Questionnaire. The premise is that instead of asking people how sad they are, ask them how happy they are, etc. The theory is that if you are depressed and take a current depression test you'll probably feel even worse after taking it, but if you take a joy inventory, you may not feel as bad when you finish it. I've researched these measure personally and found that my patients preferred them, so have decided to put them to the stringent and vigorous testing required by the Institutional Review Board of the University to see if I can prove they have validity and then offer them to clinicians to use as an alternative to the current depression tests.
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