The Schuhfried VTS enables computer-assisted application of a large number of highly diverse psycho-diagnostic tests and measuring procedures. In developing the system much emphasis was placed on transparent structure and largely uniform design. It is therefore simple to operate and easy to understand and does not require any special computer skills.
The VTS basic module is required for administration of any of the available tests.
The Schuhfried VTS supports the administration of both single tests and test batteries. Many of the single tests are available in different test versions. These test versions may differ, for example, in terms of test duration or difficulty or may be parallel forms. They are characterized by different parameters reflecting specific test requirements. They have been designed for administration to a specific population (e.g. psychiatric patients, children, etc.) or for special measuring purposes (e.g. repeated measurements). Test batteries are compiled from the available single tests and test versions.
Objective assessment of the suicide potential excluding possible patient-therapist interactions.
Assessment of the suicidal depressive state; applicable from 17 years and up.
Main area of application: clinical psychology.
With the help of the present test the "conscious suicidal field" is recorded, which according to the author's opinion consists of suicide, attempted suicide and suicidal tendencies (suicidal thought, suicidal intentions and the fear of committing suicide). Apart from the suicide potential ways of behavior are also measured, whom the test author counts as belonging to the unconscious suicidal field (e.g. alcohol or drug abuse, antisocial behavior). For the construction of the final form of the test a sample of over 2700 respondents was used. Four groups were formed, after an analysis of the suicide behavior, which differ by the extent of suicidal tendencies (suicidal thoughts, suicidal intentions and the fear of committing suicide) as well by the presence of actual suicide attempts. Using the point values of these groups as background, the suicidal-depressive state was assessed and the respondent's suicide potential was assessed.
After the instruction the 52 items of the FBS are presented one after the other on the monitor. The respondent enters his / her answers on a bipolar scale (correct / incorrect). A one-time correction and the skipping of items are permitted. All unanswered are presented again at the end of the test, but there is no "obligation" to answer.
There is one test form with 52 items.
A total score (raw score) and the answer time for each item are recorded. Depending on how high the total score is the respondent is assigned to one of 5 areas
- Normalcy doubtful
- Low suicide risk
- High suicide risk
- Extremely high suicide risk
Separate studies with a sample of psychiatric patients showed a split half coefficient of r=0.89 for the variable "total score". Schmidtke and Schaller studied the retest reliability on samples of adolescents. The calculated stability coefficients between r =0.81 and r =0.85.
Studies show primarily significant correlations with several scales in the Giessen test ("negatively vs. positively experienced social resonance" r=-.39, "hypomania vs. depressive irritation" r=.55) and the attitude questionnaire of the "Generalized Other" ("experiences of rejection and disdain from others" r=-.50, "positive vs. negative attitude towards the social environment" r=-.41, "reduction of performance": r=-.41, "dominance and willingness to lead": r=-.34).
The subjects' total scores are placed in one of five categories. In the computer version a comparative sample of 266 psychiatric patients serves as the basis for this assessment.