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Social Competence and the Rorschach ComprehensiveOMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM'S COPING DEFICIT INDEX: A VALIDITY STUDY WITH CHILDREN and ADOLESCENTS

Corliss, Bethany A
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Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Corliss, Bethany A
Advisor
Loper, Ann
Blodgett, Julia
Moon, Tonya
Lawrence, Edith
Abstract
Social competence is thought to be a central aspect of children and adolescents' social - emotional functioning and, as such, is commonly assessed using a variety of techniques including both projective and objective approaches. Although the Rorschach Comprehensive System (RCS) is arguably the most widely used and empirically tested projective assessment system (Exner, l993a), its index of social fiinctioning, the Coping Deficit Index (CD1), has received little empirical attention and, as such, has not been adequately validated for use with clinically - referred populations of children and adolescents (Meyer & Archer, 2001). This study sought to validate the CD] as a measure of social competence in children and adolescents. Participants were 197 children and adolescents (ages 5 - 18 years old) referred to a university - based clinic for a comprehensive psychological evaluation. A multi - trait, multimethod (MTMM) analysis was conducted comparing CD1 scores to previously - validated objective measures of social competence and internalizing behaviors. These analyses were conducted on both the original sample and a modified sample of examinees with low levels of defensiveness. Both analyses revealed that the CD1 did not demonstrate adequate convergent validity for use in social competence assessment. The CD1 did demonstrate adequate discriminate validity but this may have been due to its overall lack of correlation with the behavior rating scales. The results revealed evidence that method variance might have undermined trait variance. In addition, the factor structure of the CD] as proposed by Exner (l993a) was tested using a confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). However, goodness of flt statistics on the CD1 revealed a poor flt between this data and the proposed model. Exploratory analyses ensued to fiirther examine the individual variables that comprise the CD1 and hypotheses are offered to inform future research on this elusive index. The advantages and disadvantages of using objective measures to validate projective measures are discussed. :G1'k‘.‘(l sans‘! .‘ " 1‘ .i:.<§:.:(;s3E§(s3} 5;: §32m‘. Note: Abstract extracted from PDF file via OCR
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Curry School of Education, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2009
Published Date
2009-08-01
Degree
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
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Libra ETD Repository
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