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Hopelessness Scale for Children (HSC, HPLS)

The HPLS is a 17-item version of the Beck Hopelessness Scale designed for use with children or adolescents who can read at the first to second grade level. This self-report assessment device measures the extent to which the subject feels a negative expectation about their future. The 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.

children, adolescents, depression, suicidality, hopelessness, suicide
John Seeley
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Kazdin, A.E., Rodgers A., Colbus, D. (1986), The Hopelessness Scale for Children: Psychometric characteristics and concurrent validity. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54(2), 241-245.

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Kazdin, A.E., Rodgers A., Colbus, D. (1986), The Hopelessness Scale for Children: Psychometric characteristics and concurrent validity. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54(2), 241-245.

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Instrument Details

Children, Adolescents
Less than 15 minutes
17

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Manual

Psychometric Properties

Psychometrics for Hopelessness Scale for Children (HSC, HPLS) - John Seeley
Psychometrics for Hopelessness Scale for Children (HSC, HPLS) - John Seeley

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2016-12-21 - Lisa Lemmons

How do I access the assessment to use for screening inpatient adolescents?