BECK SCALE FOR SUICIDE IDEATION (BSS)

n. a scale of 21 items, focused on examining a patient's suicidal intent. More of an assessment tool, it attempts to identify how vulnerable a person would be to the idea of suicide and what risk these ideas pose. As such, it often necessitates a more detailed questioning of the patient on his or her intentions.

BECK SCALE FOR SUICIDE IDEATION (BSS): "The Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation (BSS) is a 21-item screening test recommended for patients who are at risk of committing suicide."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "BECK SCALE FOR SUICIDE IDEATION (BSS)," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/beck-scale-for-suicide-ideation-bss/ (accessed July 14, 2019).
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