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Psychometric Properties

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

Internal consistency:
Coefficient alpha = 0.97
Spearman-Brown split-half = .96
Mean item-total score correlation = .44 (p<.001)

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.

Six week interval Pearson product-moment correlation = .52 (p<.001)

Significant differences in other measures were shown between children with high and low hopelessness determined by the HPLS.

Other Details

Characteristics significantly correlated (in the predicted direction) with the Hopelessness Scale for Children include depression, self-esteem, and social behavior.

The normative sample consisted of 6- to 13- year-old psychiatric inpatients (Kazdin et al., 1986). Also been used with non-clinical samples of high school students (Cole, 1989a; Reifman and Windle, 1995; Spirito et al., 1988), suicide attempters in a pediatric setting (Boergers et al., 1998; Spirito et al., 1987, 1988), psychiatric inpatients (Asarnow et al., 1989; Hewitt et al., 1997; Kashani et al., 1991, 1997; Pinto and Whisman, 1996; Pinto et al., 1998; Whisman and Pinto, 1997), psychiatric outpatients (Spirito et al., 1988), and with incarcerated youths (Cole et al., 1989a).