“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)

A Performance-Based Test on the Circumplex Model: An Adaptation of the Picture Frustration Study Coherent with Criterion A of the AMPD

Corresponding Author Information: Carlo Vetere Session Abstract: The interpersonal paradigm in personality assessment uses circumplex based measures for assessment, evaluating interpersonal abilities, and the coping strategies through the coordinates of Community and Agency. The Picture Frustration Study (PFS) is an old test of 24 cartoon pictures showing two people in frequently frustrating situations, which is able … Continue reading A Performance-Based Test on the Circumplex Model: An Adaptation of the Picture Frustration Study Coherent with Criterion A of the AMPD

Developmental Cascades from Early Childhood Attachment Security to Adolescent Level of Personality Functioning in a High-Risk Sample

Session Abstract: There is widespread recognition that level of personality functioning, defined in terms of quality of relationships with the self and others, impacts development toward positive adaptation or pathology (e.g., Bender, 2019). Affective expectations of the self, others, and the environment form in the context of attachment relationships in infancy and continue to develop … Continue reading Developmental Cascades from Early Childhood Attachment Security to Adolescent Level of Personality Functioning in a High-Risk Sample

Exploring Adolescent Personality Traits Through the MMPI-A-RF Personality Psychopathology Five (PSY-5) Scales

Corresponding Author Information: Mary Alexandra Norris Session Abstract: BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Adolescence is a uniquely critical time in development that consists of several changes including the ongoing development of personality traits. Specifically, adolescents experience an increase in internalizing and externalizing symptoms in comparison to early developmental stages. Therefore, it is critical to assess personality in … Continue reading Exploring Adolescent Personality Traits Through the MMPI-A-RF Personality Psychopathology Five (PSY-5) Scales

Eye Contact: Understanding the Relationship between Personality and Visual Information Processing on the Rorschach and Human Faces (1.5 CE Credits)

Corresponding Author Information: Ellen Day Session Abstract: Researchers from independent laboratories in two countries will present papers utilizing psychophysiological techniques to investigate the role of personality in processing the Rorschach and discerning emotions in faces. The session capitalizes on the fact that performance on the Rorschach involves scanning and making a visual attribution to the … Continue reading Eye Contact: Understanding the Relationship between Personality and Visual Information Processing on the Rorschach and Human Faces (1.5 CE Credits)

Initial Steps in the Development of the Behaviors and Attributes Questionnaire (BAQ) As a Measure of Fit for the Catholic Seminary

Corresponding Author Information: Augustine I Obasi Session Abstract: Using the 44-item list of behaviors and attributes of successful priests identified through a focus group study by Ippolito et al. In Fulfillment of Their Mission (2008), and five new items primarily focused on multi-cultural issues, we sought to develop and validate a new psychological measure ‚Äì‚ÄúThe … Continue reading Initial Steps in the Development of the Behaviors and Attributes Questionnaire (BAQ) As a Measure of Fit for the Catholic Seminary

Introducing the MMPI-3 – Symposium (1.5 CE Credits)

MARCH 17TH | 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM (ET) Session Abstract: This symposium introduces the MMPI-3 (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-3; Ben-Porath & Tellegen 2020), a 335-item version of the MMPI instruments designed to provide a comprehensive and efficient assessment of clinically relevant variables with updated items, scales, and norms. In the first presentation, MMPI-3 co-authors Yossef … Continue reading Introducing the MMPI-3 – Symposium (1.5 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

Novel Measurement of Personality Dynamics Using Intensive Longitudinal Design – Symposium (1 CE Credit)

MARCH 20TH | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Session Abstract: Understanding dynamic characteristics of personality requires methodology capable of measuring patterns of behavior, affect, and cognitions over time and across situations. Intensive longitudinal designs have been used to model the unfolding of these processes in daily life. This symposium brings together several novel approaches within the … Continue reading Novel Measurement of Personality Dynamics Using Intensive Longitudinal Design – Symposium (1 CE Credit)

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