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Today, more and more people are being diagnosed with depression and other mental health conditions. Among the symptoms and causes researches are noting in their on-going study, hopelessness is particularly prevalent, especially in the context of suicidal behavior and depression. The Beck Hopelessness Scale is a measurement tool that aims to assess three major aspects of hopelessness, with the goal of better understanding how to treat hopelessness, depression, and suicidal behavior.


1. How it Works

The Beck Hopelessness Scale is a self-report inventory of 20 items. It has become incredibly prevalent across several fields but is particularly useful in psychotherapeutic efforts. Because it is a self-report inventory, an individual can purchase and take the test him or herself. However, without a licensed professional to interpret the results and advise treatments, the test is less useful. Designers created the test for adults between the ages of 17 and 80. There is too little data to support the interpretation of the results for people outside this age bracket.

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