Year: 1990 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.147, no.11, (November 1990), p.1577-1578 SIEC No: 19910137

This letter to the editor analyzes the Beck Hopelessness Scale. The author admits it is a farly sensitive instrument; however, he criticizes Beck for the high numbers assessed as suicidal, while few actually demonstrated such behavior. He also criticizes Beck for not providing data on certain demographic variables. Beck responds by pointing out that even instruments with high sensitivity yield low predictive values when the incidence of the phenomenon under study is low. (VM)