Psychometric Instruments

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you

Maya Angelou

Psychometric Instruments:

Psychometrics is a field of study concerned with the theory and technique of psychological measurement. Generally, it refers to the field in psychology that is devoted to testing, measurement, assessment, and related activities.

In psychotherapy research various instruments are used to help practitioners to assess and ‘measure’ therapeutic progress. These instruments are usually printed on paper and clients fill them in during therapy in differing intervals. As counting the scores is cumbersome on paper, I digitalised these forms where the scoring is automated.


Depression & Anxiety:

Joyce & Sills argue depression and anxiety are symptoms of psychological distress and can both feel unmanageable or overwhelming. They write:

“…Gestalt therapy is an effective treatment for many specific conditions such as severe depression and anxiety, and has a larger life-enhancing effect in the treatment of depression compared to cognitive behavioural approaches.” (2001:212)

The PHQ-9 (Patient Health Questionnaire-9) and GAD-7 (General Anxiety Disorder-7) consist of 16 questions in total. Both instruments are used by health practitioner as a screening tool to assess the severity of depression and anxiety.

START PHQ-9 & GAD-7 QUESTIONNAIRE


Trauma & Stress:

Traumatic events can be perceived as life threatening, exceeding a person’s available resources, argues Miriam Taylor – a Gestalt specialist for trauma. She writes:

Put rather crudely, trauma is something that cannot be coped with. It is a moment in which everything is undone. (2014:2)

Taylor argues there are different types of trauma: unforeseen events and trauma in relationships (2014:3). The IES-R (Impact of Events Scale – Revised) questionnaire with 22 questions is used by health practitioners as a screening tool to assess post traumatic stress.

START IES-R QUESTIONNAIRE


Gender Dysphoria:

I’ve been thinking a while if it was useful to digitalise a psychometric instrument that measures gender dysphoria in adults. Even though I have mixed feelings about the impact such a questionnaire may has, I thought I will try and see what happens. Experiencing difficulties with mental health can be very isolating. The place we look first for information and support is the internet. And sometimes all it takes is a little certainty to reach out for help. I don’t know if this questionnaire will be useful for everyone, but it might be for some and that’s worth a try.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) writes “gender dysphoria involves a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify” and differentiates “gender dysphoria is not the same as gender nonconformity, which refers to behaviors not matching the gender norms or stereotypes of the gender assigned at birth” (APA, 2016).

The ‘Gender Identity/Gender Dysphoria Questionnaire for Adolescents and Adults’ (GIDYQ-AA) has 27 questions measuring an overall score and four sub-scales: subjective-, social-, somatic- and sociolegal-indicators.

Start by selecting one of the following options:

FEMALE ASSIGNED GENDER AT BIRTHMALE ASSIGNED GENDER AT BIRTH

  • References:
  • APA – American Psychiatric Association, 2016, What Is Gender Dysphoria?, accessed 7 October 2017, https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/gender-dysphoria/what-is-gender-dysphoria/
  • Joyce, P. and Sills, C., 2001. Skills in Gestalt Counselling & Psychotherapy. [e-book] 2nd ed. Sage Publication, London.
  • Taylor, M., 2014. Trauma Therapy And Clinical Practice: Neuroscience, Gestalt And The Body. [e-book]. Open University Press. Maidenhead.

 

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