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Citation

Fisher LB, Overholser JC. Death Stud. 2013; 37(3): 212-227.

Affiliation

a Department of Psychology , Case Western Reserve University , Cleveland , Ohio , USA.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2013, Informa - Taylor and Francis Group)

DOI

10.1080/07481187.2011.628437

PMID

24524433

Abstract

Despite its high sensitivity, the Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS) has demonstrated low specificity, has an ambiguous factor structure, and includes inadequate items. The current study examined the psychometric properties of a modified BHS (mBHS) using a Likert scale format that would allow for improved reliability, validity, and clinical utility. Measures of hopelessness and depression were administered to 116 undergraduates. The mBHS demonstrated reliability over 10 weeks ( r  = .78) and internal consistency (α = .91). The BHS and mBHS were similarly effective in identifying suicidal ideation. The mBHS provides clinicians with a simple alternative for assessing hopelessness and suicide risk.


Language: en

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