The Beck Hopelessness Scale Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

The Beck Hopelessness Scale
An overview of the Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS) that measures abstract hopelessness in patients.
# 116367 | 1,378 words | 4 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Sep 17, 2009 in Psychology (Testing)

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This paper relates that the Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS) measures three major aspects of hopelessness; feelings about the future, loss of motivation and expectations. The paper examines the evidence of the reliability of the BHS, the way the test is administered and the many ways that the utility of the test can be affected. The paper reveals that because of the reliability of the test, it continues to be used by psychiatric professionals in evaluating and measuring abstract hopelessness in patients that are suspected to exhibit suicidal ideations.

Psychometric Characteristics
Practical Considerations
Discussion of Test Utility

From the Paper:

The psychometric characteristics of the test has been based on various sample groups of psychiatrically diagnosed and normal persons. These studies were conducted under the supervision of skilled and licensed psychiatric professionals. Much of the data of the test is based on samples that were "not diagnosed" according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. (Beck, 1988) Though this is the case, professionals still feel this test is accurate enough as it is still widely used.
"The Beck hopelessness Scale (BHS) was developed by Aaron T. Beck and his associates to measure three major aspects of hopelessness; feelings about the future, loss of motivation and expectations. This test was originally developed to measure negative attitudes about the future in patients who were considered to be at risk for committing suicide: however, it is sometimes used in normal adolescence and adults. (Wikipedia, 2007) Evaluations of the BHS were conducted using the item-response theory. In two separate samples, the end result was identical."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Online Education on Suicide Prevention for Professionals. (2007). Beck Hopelessness Scale. Retrieved April 9, 2007, from
  • Beck A.T. (1988). "Beck Hopelessness Scale." The Psychological Corporation.
  • The Wikipedia Foundation. (n.d.). "Beck Hopelessness Scale." Retrieved April 9, 2007, from
  • Young Michael A. "An item-response theory evaluation of the Beck Hopelessness Scale" Retrieved April 13, 2007,from

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