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ERIC Number: EJ803415
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
Further Factorial Validity of a Scale of Therapist Theoretical Orientation
Coleman, Daniel
Research on Social Work Practice, v17 n4 p474-481 2007
Objective: To test the original factor structure of the Theoretical Evaluation Self Test (TEST) and to assess alternate factor structures. TEST includes the major psychotherapy theories (cognitive-behavioral, family, humanistic, and psychodynamic), ecosystemic and pragmatic approaches, and a cultural competency orientation. Method: Composing the replication sample are 146 MSW students and 32 practicing clinicians. Some analyses also include a previously collected sample (n = 130). Results: Five of the six original subscales are replicated by exploratory factor analysis and by assessing factor congruence. A four-factor solution is a better fit in confirmatory factor analysis. Conclusions: The six-factor solution, with its traditional theoretical divisions, is recommended for use as a self-scoring educational tool. However, the statistically stronger four-factor solution is preferable for research applications. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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