Determining readiness for predoctoral internship training: The process of developing a screening measure

Thomas J. Power, Paul M. Robins, Marley W. Watkins, Mary T. Rourke, Melissa A. Alderfer

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to illustrate the development of a screening measure to assess readiness for psychology internship training. The screening measure was comprised 13 items rated on a 4-point scale. Two program faculty members reviewed the application of each candidate independently. Psychologists were arbitrarily assigned to belong to reviewer group 1 or 2. Data from group 1 were subjected to exploratory factor analysis; data from group 2 were subjected to confirmatory factor analysis. Two factors were identified and confirmed: Factor I comprised 6 items referring to core competencies, and Factor II comprised 4 items referring to relevant background experiences. Correlations between raters at the factor and item level generally were in the moderate range. This study illustrates the process of developing a screening measure to help determine readiness for internship training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-16
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Volume67
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Core competencies
  • Internship
  • Screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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