ERIC Number: ED379539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Three Parent and Adult Problem-Solving Instruments.
Wasik, Barbara H.; Bryant, Donna M.
This document provides information on three adult problem-solving measures developed to assess the effects of participating in a problem-solving training program. Each measure is accompanied by a manual describing the purpose, administrative procedures, psychometric properties, and use in research studies. The first measure is the Parent Means-End Problem-Solving Instrument. It follows the means-end format used by Spivack and Shure. All stories were developed to be relevant for parents of young children. The second measure is the Wasik Problem-Solving Rating Scale. It is a 20-item self-rating scale designed so that it can be completed by individuals with less than a high school education as well as those with a high school or college education. A total score and three factor scores can be calculated. The measure has been found to be significantly correlated with depression. It has been used in a national multi-site study with parents. The third measure is the Client Problem-Solving Rating Scale. It was developed to be completed by a service provider who rates a client's problem-solving skill in eight areas: (1) approach to problems; (2) problem identification; (3) goal selection; (4) generation of alternatives; (5) consideration of consequences; (6) decision making; (7) implementation; and (8) evaluation. Each of the eight sections of the checklist includes a set of four items reflecting effective problem-solving. (Author/BF)
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