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Understanding Psychological Screening Inventory (PSI)

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Psychological Screening Inventory (PSI) is a mental health screening tool that works quickly, especially with limited professional time and resources.

In the workplace, many employers and HR managers seek help from PSI to help in decision-making. Often, these assessments explain whether a new candidate will make a good addition for the organization. Similarly, these assessment conducted on current employees help HR Managers to identify whether someone is ready for a new promotion or a change of team. 

Psychological Screening Inventory can be used by most people and is easy to interpret. The PSI identifies individuals who may benefit from a more thorough evaluation and expert care. PSI, which has 139 items, is appropriate for individual administration and takes about 15 minutes to complete. Equally important, Psychological Screening Inventory utilizes in a variety of contexts for mental health screening, including community clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare in online administration. These concise reports include category classification for psychological functioning institutions, counseling centres in high schools and colleges, referral organizations, courts, and jails. Sigma is one assessment system you can use.

PSI Assessment Tools – Complete Guide

Basically, the Psychological Screening Inventory finds its best use for: 

  • Counselors interested for quick mental health screening tools;
  • Online administration with brief reports that include classifications of psychological functioning by category;
  • Both adults and adolescents;
  • Referrals for mental health centres. 

Three different scales are available:

  • Four fundamental screening scales (major psychiatric disorder, significant antisocial traits, general psychological distress, and depression), as well as measures of the personality traits extroversion and introversion and general test-taking defensiveness, evaluate the four major categories of psychological dysfunction; 
  • Also, there are 21 brief content scales that could provide more details;
  • For a more thorough study of the respondent’s level of collaboration vs. misrepresentation, use the 6 misrepresentation scales. 

As noted, there are three possible designations for each scale:

  • The respondent’s score on the pertinent scale falls below the 85th percentile, which is referred to as the “normal range”;
  • The score falls between the 85th and 94th percentiles, which is considered to be of some concern;
  • The score must be at or above the 95th percentile to be considered of definitive concern. Scores at this level are regarded as rendering the test findings invalid for the Misrepresentation scales;
  • The Basic Screening scales’ Expression (Ex) scale and the Brief Content scales PER (Likes to perform) and VSO are exceptions to these categories (Verbal, socially outgoing). As a result, these scores do not indicate psychopathology but rather personality traits.

At least, the general guidelines of the PSI include: 

  • Staying away from offensive item content;
  • Choosing succinct, clear items;
  • Making sure the content is accurate;
  • Reducing the impact of socially acceptable responses;
  • Balancing objects with positive and negative keys;
  • Making non-overlapping scales to make statistical analysis easier;
  • Selecting non-technical scale names that highlight usefulness in practice and allow for clear cut scores
Psychological Screening Inventory

PSI is effective and reliable and it takes 15 to 20 minutes to administer. In addition, the assessment produces reports instantly. Also, graphs, raw scores, standardized scores, scale descriptions, and administrative indexes are all used to present the results. 

The Holden Psychological Screening Inventory (HPSI)

The HPSI is a self-report screening tool that, in five minutes or less, analyses the same fundamental aspects of psychopathology as longer tests do. In addition, it assesses changes in symptoms over time when administered during and after therapy, quantifies traditional classes of psychopathology, identifies traditional classes of psychopathology, suggests general areas that demand additional investigation.

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