Exploring the construct validity of the social cognition and object relations scale in a clinical sample

Michelle B. Stein, Jenelle M Slavin-Mulford, S. Justin Sinclair, Caleb J. Siefert, Mark A. Blais

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Abstract

The Social Cognition and Object Relations Scale-Global rating method (SCORS-G; Stein, Hilsenroth, Slavin-Mulford, & Pinsker, 2011; Westen, 1995) measures the quality of object relations in narrative material. This study employed a multimethod approach to explore the structure and construct validity of the SCORS-G. The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT; Murray, 1943) was administered to 59 patients referred for psychological assessment at a large Northeastern U.S. hospital. The resulting 301 TAT narratives were rated using the SCORS-G method. The 8 SCORS variables were found to have high interrater reliability and good internal consistency. Principal components analysis revealed a 3-component solution with components tapping emotions/affect regulation in relationships, self-image, and aspects of cognition. Next, the construct validity of the SCORS-G components was explored using measures of intellectual and executive functioning, psychopathology, and normal personality. The 3 SCORS-G components showed unique and theoretically meaningful relationships across these broad and diverse psychological measures. This study demonstrates the value of using a standardized scoring method, like the SCORS-G, to reveal the rich and complex nature of narrative material.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)533-540
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Volume94
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Cognition
Thematic Apperception Test
Psychology
Principal Component Analysis
Psychopathology
Personality
Emotions
Research Design
Object Attachment
Social Cognition
Object Relations
Construct Validity
Psychological

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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Exploring the construct validity of the social cognition and object relations scale in a clinical sample. / Stein, Michelle B.; Slavin-Mulford, Jenelle M; Sinclair, S. Justin; Siefert, Caleb J.; Blais, Mark A.

In: Journal of Personality Assessment, Vol. 94, No. 5, 01.09.2012, p. 533-540.

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Stein, Michelle B. ; Slavin-Mulford, Jenelle M ; Sinclair, S. Justin ; Siefert, Caleb J. ; Blais, Mark A. / Exploring the construct validity of the social cognition and object relations scale in a clinical sample. In: Journal of Personality Assessment. 2012 ; Vol. 94, No. 5. pp. 533-540.
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