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Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS)

The BHS, a 20-item self-report assessment device, measures the extent to which the subject feels a negative expectation about their future. This construct of hopelessness has been linked to depression and suicidality. Respondents are to answer each item in true or false format based upon the events of the past week. Total scores range from 0-20 with higher scores representing a greater degree of hopelessness.

depression, suicidality, hopelessness, suicide
John Seeley
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Citation and Copyright

Beck A, Weissman A, Lester D, Trexler L. The measurement of pessimism: the hopelessness scale. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 1974;42:861-865.
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Aaron T. Beck, 2002

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Assessment Modality

May be administered in written or oral form.

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Instrument Details

Designed for adults but has been used with adolescents.
Dutch, Hebrew
5 minutes or less.
20

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Manual

Psychometric Properties

Psychometrics for Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS) - John Seeley
Psychometrics for Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS) - John Seeley