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Protocol - Hopelessness - Adult

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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.

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:

ora.research.ucla.edu/OHRPP/Documents/Policy/8/Risk_of_Suicide.pdf

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

Protocol

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.

Availability

Limited Availability

Personnel and Training Required

None

Equipment Needs

None

Requirements
Requirement CategoryRequired
Major equipment No
Specialized training No
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection No
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual No
Mode of Administration

Self-administered questionnaire

Life Stage

Adult

Participants

Adults, ages 17 and older

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
caDSR Common Data Elements (CDE) Beck Hopelessness Scale 4588814 CDE Browser
Human Phenotype Ontology Depression HP:0000716 HPO
Derived Variables

None

Process and Review

Not applicable.

Protocol Name from Source

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

Variables
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Mental Health Research
Measure Name

Hopelessness

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.

Keywords

Suicide, Hope, Enthusiasm, Success, Satisfaction, Pleasantness, Unpleasantness, Beck Hopelessness Scale, BHS, Hopelessness Scale for Children, HSC, Proprietary