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DeWitt, K.N. Hartley, D.E. Rosenberg, S.E. Zilberg, N.J. Wallerstein, R.S. (1991). Scales of Psychological Capacities: Development of an Assessment Approach. Psychoanal. Contemp. Thought, 14(2):343-361.

(1991). Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought, 14(2):343-361

Scales of Psychological Capacities: Development of an Assessment Approach

Kathryn N. DeWitt, Ph.D., Dianna E. Hartley, Ph.D., Saul E. Rosenberg, Ph.D., Nathan J. Zilberg, Ph.D. and Robert S. Wallerstein, M.D.

This article describes the initial steps involved in developing the Scales of Psychological Capacities (SPC) that the authors propose as an approach to assessing changes in personality structure. A “psychological capacity” is an accessible psychological resource that contributes to the achievement of adaptive intrapsychic and interpersonal functioning. The authors constructed thirty-eight four-point scales to be used to rate degrees of departure from the

optimal presence of the seventeen defined psychological capacities. In a Content Validity Study, sixty-two expert judges (around the world) in psychoanalytic theory and clinical research rated the scales as providing comprehensive coverage of manifestations of structural change. Judges' ratings and comments were used to make revisions in the scales.

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