Adlerian Assessment Measures
Adlerian Theory, or Individual Psychology, is one that looks at the individual as indivisible and one that is said to be the agent of change that paves the way for how they navigate life. Each individual is said to be a holistic being that must be understood by utilizing all aspects of the individual in order to gain an accurate depciction of how they navigate life and interact with the world around them, how they engage with others, and how they perceive themselves. Because of this, it is important to have assessments and test instruments that reflect this theory. Therefore, many prominent scholars, researchers, clinicians, and students have developed a variety of different measures to look at the individual based on the theory of Adlerian Psychology. This has resulted in measures that look at one's style of life, the life tasks proposed by Adler, personality typologies, various constructs of the self such as birth order and inferiority feelings, social interest, how one engages and interacts with others, measures used in relation to parenting, and organizational tools in relation to business and administration.
The following is a list of Adlerian Assessment Measures used for research, organizational, and clinical purposes:
1. Adlerian Life Tasks Inventory- A measures designed to measure an individual's life tasks in relation to cooperation, respect, and responsibility as well as a person's character development.
2. Adlerian Parenting Education Knowledge Measure- A measure developed to look at parents' perceptions of Adlerian parenting skills and their application of them to their children as well as to identify how well they relate to their children. This measure was created with two accompanying subscales to look at knowledge acquisition based on the STEP program which are: Family Values-Parent Version and Family Values-Adolescent Version.
3. Adlerian Social Interest Scale-Romantic Relationships (ASIS-RR)- This measure was created to look at the construct of social interest as it applies specficially to the life task of love as well as their interest in belonging to society.
4. BASIS-A- This measure was created as a way to look at an individual's style of life as well as current psychological functioning based on their early childhood memories of experience.
5. Compartive Feeling of Inferiority Index (CFII)- The CFII is a measure that looks at one's feelings of inferiority based on perceptions that they have about the self as well as in relation to others. This measure is good for deriving empricially driven conclusions as it relates to inherent feelings of inferiority based on childhood experiences to support subjective data about the individual.
6. Early Recollections Rating Scale (ERRS)- The ERRS was developed as a way to measure personality traits and variables elicited from Early Recollections in an objective manner. It can also be used as a way to look at a person's individual beliefs and perceptions based on their lifestyle.
7. The Five Factor Wellness Inventory (5F-Wel)- The 5F-Wel is a measure that was designed for counselors to use to identify and track one's overall state of well-being. The measure is based on the construct of the life tasks proposed by Adler and used in part to help with identifying decreases in wellness as well as possible burnout among counselors in training.
8. Kern Lifestyle Scale- This measure was developed as a way to gather information in a quick an efficient manner. It looks at lifestyle information based on five scales that are linked to Adlerian typologies.
9. Langenfeld Inventory of Personality Priorities (LIPP)- This instrument was developed as a way to look at lifestyle in a different perspective. Specifically, the LIPP looks at the lifestyle through personality priorities that a person either adopts or avoids.
10. Life Tasks Self-Esteem Inventory- The Life Tasks Self-Esteem Inventory was developed as a measure to assess one's self-esteem based on Adler's three primary life tasks of social, work, and love.
11. Lifestyle Personality Inventory (LSPI)- The LSPI is an empirically driven instrument that looks at an individual's personality based on data that would be derived from the Lifestyle Inventory. The measure itself is a measure that is based on the stability of persoanlity at a young age and has since its inception been adapted into the formation of the BASIS-A.
12. Manaster-Perryman Early Recollections Manifest Content Scoring Manual (MPERSM)- This manual was developed as a way to evaluate and gain a deeper depiction of early recollections elicited by an individual in an empirical fashion.
13. Marriage Assessment Instrument- The Marriage Assessment Instrument was developed and designed to be used in marriage counseling for couples that is based on the Lifestyle Inventory and used to help with undersntanding the nature of the relationship among the couple and how to best approach therapy.
14. Organizational Lifestyle Analysis Tool (OLSA)- The OLSA is a measure that is based on the concept of Lifestyle and used for business and organizaitonal purposes in order to understand how and if a business/organization is functioning the way that it was intended to. It is a tool that is used to help understand the true structure and belief system of the organization as a whole.
15. Positive Discipline Parenting Scale- The Positive Discipline Parenting Scale was developed and designed to be used as a measure that evaluates the effectiveness of Positive Discipline Parenting program as well as the impact it has on the parents that take the program and their overall parenting style.
16. Social Interest Index (SII)- The SII is a measure designed to look at the level of social interest has attained based specifically on the life tasks of work, love, friendship, and self-significance.
17. Social Interest Index, Short Form (SII-SF)- The SII-SF is a shortened version of the SII developed in effort to look at social interest with more reliable and valid results. This version of the SII looks at a global level of social interest of an individual.
18. Social Interest Scale (SIS)- The SIS was developed as a way to look at social interest based on specific personality traits and variables that an individual possesses. It is also used as a way to look at an individual's interest in the welfare, or well-being, of others.
19. Sulliman Scale of Social Interest (SSSI)- This scale was developed to look at the level of social interest that an individual has based on their present perceptions and beliefs. The SSSI has been linked to identifying the possibility of pathology being present among an individual.
20. Tasks of Life Questionnaire- This questionnaire was designed as a way to measure the three primary life tasks (i.e. love, work, and friendship) among an individual. Specifically, it is set up to get an idea of their level of participation and involvement in each of the life tasks.
21. White-Campbell Psychological Birth Order Inventory- The White-Campbell Psychological Birth Order Inventory is a measure that was developed as a way to identify and look at one's place within the family structure based on psychological birth order. The measure itself is a good predictor of psychological brith order as it pertains to one's perceptions and mode of navigating life based on the four categories of the only child, first born, middle born, and youngest child.
*To get a more detailed description of the measures, click on the associated files below with a description of the measure along with references to information about each.