A multimethod approach to assessing dependency: The early memory dependency probe

James Chris Fowler, Mark J. Hilsenroth, Leonard Handler

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Abstract

The construct validity and clinical utility of the early memory probe assessing aspects of dependency was investigated. Clinical patients' responses to the 'feeding, being fed, or eating' probe were compared with Rorschach Oral Dependency (ROD) scale scores (Masling, Rabie, and Blondheim, 1967), as well as theoretically and empirically derived behavioral ratings. Sixty-five psychiatric patients and their therapists participated in the study. Results demonstrated moderate to strong correlations between the early memory scores and the ROD scores, thus demonstrating good concurrent validity. A moderate correlation between the early memory scores and therapists' ratings of key behavioral patterns in therapy support the predictive validity of the early memory probes. The early memory scores also demonstrated discriminant validity when compared with Rorschach object- relational content scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-413
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Volume67
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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