An item-response theory evaluation of the Beck Hopelessness Scale
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Hopelessness is an important clinical symptom for both theoretical and practical reasons. The Hopelessness Scale of Beck and colleagues was constructed to measure this construct, but has had no psychometric assessment since its original development. We conducted an evaluation of the scale using item-response theory. Results in two separate samples were nearly identical. The Hopelessness Scale was found to be unidimensional with strong item—construct relationships. However, it was relatively insensitive at lower levels of hopelessness.
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