Year: 1990 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.147, no.2, (Feb. 1990), p.190-195 SIEC No: 19900281

A prospective study of 1958 outpatients found that hopelessness, as measured by the Beck Hopelessness Scale, was significantly related to eventual suicide. A scale cutoff score of 9 or above identified 16 (94.2%) of the 17 patients who eventually committed suicide, thus replicating a previous study with hospitalized patients. The Beck Hopelessness Scale thus may be used as a sensitive indicator of suicide potential. (27 ref)