Beck Hopelessness Scale® (BHS®)

Beck Hopelessness Scale® (BHS®)
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Beck Hopelessness Scale® (BHS®)


Measure three major aspects of hopelessness: Feelings about the future; loss of motivation; and expectation

Age Range:

17 years to 80 years


Individual - 10 minutes

Beck Hopelessness Scale® (BHS®)

The Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS) helps you measure 3 major aspects of hopelessness:

  • Feelings about the future
  • Loss of motivation
  • Expectations.


It is designed to measure an individual's attitudes about their long-term future and consists of 20 true/false items with patients either endorsing a pessimistic statement or denying an optimistic statement. The BHS acts as a powerful predictor of suicidal intent.

Reliability Information:
Average reliability coefficient: .92
Test-retest reliability: .69

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