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Protocol - Hopelessness - Adult

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Availability:

Proprietary

Description:

The Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS) consists of 20 self-report true-false statements that assess the respondent’s positive and negative beliefs about the future during the past week. Each optimistic response in the BHS is scored as 0, and each pessimistic response is scored as 1. A total score is calculated by summing the pessimistic responses for each of the 20 items.

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Summary of the Beck Hopelessness Scale

The Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS) consists of 20 self-report true-false statements that assess the respondent’s positive and negative beliefs about the future during the past week. Each optimistic response is scored as 0 and each pessimistic response is scored as 1. A total score is calculated by summing the pessimistic responses for each of the 20 items.

The Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS) is a proprietary instrument. Administration/use of the BHS requires a licensing agreement from Pearson. Researchers should complete and return an application to pas.licensing@pearson.com.

Personnel and Training Required

None

Equipment Needs

None

Requirements

Requirement CategoryRequired
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individualNo
Major equipmentNo
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collectionNo
Specialized trainingNo

Mode of Administration

Self-administered

Life Stage:

Adult

Specific Instructions:

The Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS) is a proprietary instrument. Administration/use of the BHS requires a licensing agreement from Pearson Assessments, Inc. Researchers should complete and return an application to pas.licensing@pearson.com.

This protocol includes questions that can potentially identify respondents who are at risk of suicide. Investigators implementing this protocol should consider developing a risk management plan specific to their study to ensure the safety of participants. The following links provide additional information and guidelines for suicide-related research:

[link[ora.research.ucla.edu/OHRPP/Documents/Policy/8/Risk_of_Suicide.pdf|ora.research.ucla.edu/OHRPP/Documents/Policy/8/Risk_of_Suicide.pdf]]

[link[www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/issues-to-consider-in-intervention-research-with-persons-at-high-risk-for-suicidality.shtml|www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/issues-to-consider-in-intervention-research-with-persons-at-high-risk-for-suicidality.shtml]]

Research Domain Information

Release Date:

November 21, 2014

Definition

A questionnaire to assess hopelessness.

Purpose

This measure can be used to determine the components of hopelessness, such as feelings about the future, loss of motivation, and future expectations. Hopelessness is a risk factor for depression, suicidal behavior, and suicide.

Selection Rationale

The Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS) is one of the most widely used measures of hopelessness. The BHS has excellent internal consistency and test-retest reliability, and the concurrent validity is well established across a wide variety of samples. The predictive validity of the BHS for death by suicide in psychiatric patients has been established. The BHS has been shown to be sensitive to change and frequently has been used in treatment outcome studies.

Language

English

Standards

StandardNameIDSource
Common Data Elements (CDE)Beck Hopelessness Scale4588814CDE Browser

Process and Review

This section will be completed when reviewed by an Expert Review Panel.

Source

The Beck Hopelessness Scale is a proprietary instrument and can be obtained through:

Pearson Assessments, Inc.

Attn: Customer Service

P.O. Box 599700

San Antonio, TX 78259

Telephone: 800.627.7271

E-mail: clinicalcustomersupport@pearson.com

General References

Beck, A. T., & Steer, R. A. (1988). Manual for the Beck Hopelessness Scale. San Antonio, TX: Psychological Corporation.

Beck, A. T., Resnik, H. L., & Lettieri, D. J. (1974). The prediction of suicide. Philadelphia, PA: Charles Press.

Kaslow, N., Thompson, M., Meadows, L., Chance, S., Puett, R., Hollins, L., Jessee, S., & Kellermann, A. (2000). Risk factors for suicide attempts among African American women. Depression and Anxiety, 12, 13-20.

Rudd, M. D., Joiner, T., & Rajab, M. H. (1996). Relationships among suicide ideators, attempters, and multiple attempters in a young-adult sample. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 105(4), 541-550.

Verkes, R. J., Van der Mast, R. C., Hengeveld, M. W., Tuyl, J. P., Zwinderman, A. H., & Van Kempen, G. (1998). Reduction of paroxetine of suicidal behavior in patients with repeated suicide attempts but not major depression. American Journal of Psychiatry, 155, 543-546.

Young, M. A., Fogg, L, F, Scheftner, W., Fawcett, J., Akiskal H., & Maser, J. (1996). Stable trait components of hopelessness: Baseline and sensitivity to depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 105(2), 155-165.

Protocol ID:

640602

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