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Beck Scale of Suicide Ideation (BSS)

The Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation (BSS) provides an evaluation of suicidal thinking and intent that helps identify individuals at risk. The questionnaire assesses the person’s current intensity of attitudes, plans, and behaviours to commit suicide, by examining the duration and frequency of ideation, the sense of control over an attempt, the number of deterrents, and the amount of planning involved into a contemplated attempt.


Reveals specific suicidal characteristics that require greater clinical scrutiny.



  • Interpretive Report: provides a graphical presentation of the client’s raw score, a brief interpretation of the client’s score, and a list of endorsed items.
  • Progress Report: provides an overview of change over time by combining candidate results from multiple administrations.



Although South African research and norms are not yet available for the BSS, JVR Psychometrics welcomes the opportunity to partner with clients in conducting research studies.

Basic info

Age range

Individuals 17 years and older

Administration time

5-10 minutes

Comparison group

Global norms

Language availability


Scoring options

Hand-scorable/Client Services

Integrated report options


Additional info

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