The authors recruited 401 suicide attempters from general hospitals and 409 matched non-attempters to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS) in rural China. All participants completed the BHS, Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D),
and Trait Anxiety Inventory (TAI). Suicide attempters had higher BHS scores than non-attempters. Cronbach’s alpha coefficients were satisfactory and BHS scores significantly correlated to CES-D and TAI scores. Confirmatory factor analysis supported a four-factor model for suicide attempters
and a five-factor model for non-attempters. The BHS is satisfactory in assessing hopelessness among suicide attempters in rural China.
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Document Type: Research Article
Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, Shandong University School of Public Health, Jinan, China
Qingdao Endocrine and Diabetes Hospital, Qingdao, China
Shandong Mental Health Center, Jinan, China
August 9, 2015
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