“The Indispensable Flame”: Hope as Healing in Collaborative Therapeutic Assessment (1.25 CE Credits)

Corresponding Author Information: Diane H. Engelman Session Abstract: SPA's 2021 convention theme is Advancing Standards in Personality Assessment. Advancements evolve from ideas and experiences, both old and new. In the 1950s, psychiatrist Karl Menninger rallied colleagues to the "indispensable flame" of Hope in dealing with patients. In 2018, Rorschachiana (Vol 39, Issue 1) published an … Continue reading “The Indispensable Flame”: Hope as Healing in Collaborative Therapeutic Assessment (1.25 CE Credits)

Cohort Differences in the UPPS-P Impulsivity Scale among Adult Veterans: An Alignment Method Invariance Analysis

Corresponding Author Information: Olivia M. Tabaczyk Session Abstract: Impulsivity is the tendency to act with little forethought, and has a close association with substance use disorders (SUDs), especially among military veterans. However, the nature and effects of Impulsivity differs across groups of veterans. This may be a function of military cohort, which differ not only … Continue reading Cohort Differences in the UPPS-P Impulsivity Scale among Adult Veterans: An Alignment Method Invariance Analysis

Emerging Research with the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (1.25 CE Credits)

Corresponding Author Information: Donald J. Viglione Session Abstract: These five, diverse, international studies demonstrate the growth of the research base to R-PAS. Complexity as a Moderator of the Relationship of Rorschach Measures with Psychosis and Severity of Disturbance: Research has demonstrated that the R-PAS Perception and Thinking problems variables are valid measures of psychotic phenomena … Continue reading Emerging Research with the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (1.25 CE Credits)

Mediating Role of Parental Attachment in Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma: The Impact of Paternal Communication and Alienation on Trauma Symptoms for Young Adult Children

Corresponding Author Information: Juliana Genovese Session Abstract: BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Research on intergenerational transmission of parental trauma shows mediating effects of insecure paternal attachment on young adult's trauma symptomology irrespective personal traumas (Spiel & Szymanski, 2018). Lapsley et al. (1990) assessed three characteristics of parental attachment -communication, alienation and trust- and found that all predicted … Continue reading Mediating Role of Parental Attachment in Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma: The Impact of Paternal Communication and Alienation on Trauma Symptoms for Young Adult Children

Object Relations in Psychopathology in Cancer Patients

Corresponding Author Information: Kate Szymanski Session Abstract: BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Approximately 42 million people worldwide suffer from any form of trauma of cancer, and this number is growing. Research shows that negative interpersonal relationships with physicians, mental health workers and family members correlate with more severe psychopathology and less adherence to treatment for cancer patients … Continue reading Object Relations in Psychopathology in Cancer Patients

Paranoia and Schizophrenia Subscales of the PAI: Identifying Psychological Profiles and Exploring their Connections to Life History Data

Corresponding Author Information: Brynn Huguenel Session Abstract: Background and Purpose: Paranoia, psychotic experiences, disorganized thinking, and associational quality are typically associated with schizophrenia and other psychosis-related disorders; however, such psychological traits are found across other psychiatric groups as well. Despite the prevalence of these traits, research has yet to explore how they may group together … Continue reading Paranoia and Schizophrenia Subscales of the PAI: Identifying Psychological Profiles and Exploring their Connections to Life History Data

Paternal Attachment as a Mediator for the Transmission of Parental Trauma: Gender Effects

Corresponding Author Information: Lauren Loughlin Session Abstract: BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Research on parental traumas showed mediating effects of insecure paternal attachment in transmitting intergenerational trauma to young adult children (Spiel & Szymanski, 2018). Further studies demonstrated a gender effect in assessing impact of intergenerational parental trauma. For example, Godbout et al. (2019) found that father’s trauma … Continue reading Paternal Attachment as a Mediator for the Transmission of Parental Trauma: Gender Effects

Racial/Ethnic Differences in PTSD Expression: Post-Traumatic Mood and Cognitions in Asian Families

Session Abstract: BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Previous research showed insecure paternal attachment to be a mediator between parental trauma and children's pathology (Spiel & Szymanski, 2018). Studies demonstrated the impact of race on trauma symptoms, e.g. Asian and African American veterans had higher PTSD severity than other ethnicities (Koo et al., 2016). Research has not assessed racial/ethnic … Continue reading Racial/Ethnic Differences in PTSD Expression: Post-Traumatic Mood and Cognitions in Asian Families

The Mediating Effect of Rejection Sensitivity on the Relationship Between Narcissistic Vulnerability and Interpersonal Distress

Session Abstract: Background and Purpose: Narcissism refers to a heightened preoccupation with the self and is characterized by notable deficits in interpersonal and affective responses in a variety of psychosocial domains; it is possible that narcissistic individuals experience increased interpersonal distress and affective dysregulation as a function of heightened rejection sensitivity. This is likely most salient … Continue reading The Mediating Effect of Rejection Sensitivity on the Relationship Between Narcissistic Vulnerability and Interpersonal Distress