Extending the Use of the SCORS–G Composite Ratings in Assessing Level of Personality Organization

Michelle B. Stein, Jenelle Slavin-Mulford, Samuel Justin Sinclair, Wei Jean Chung, Michael Roche, Christy Denckla, Mark A. Blais

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The Social Cognition and Object Relations Scale–Global Rating Method (SCORS–G; Stein, Hilsenroth, Slavin-Mulford, & Pinsker, 2011; Westen, 1995b) reliably measures the quality of object relations in narrative material. It assesses 8 dimensions (on a continuum from maladaptive to adaptive) that mediate interpersonal functioning. The 8 dimensions can be averaged to create a global or composite score to represent a person's overall object relational functioning. This study aimed to create levels of personality organization using the SCORS–G global score ratings of Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) narratives and to explore the construct validity of these levels using a multimethod approach (i.e., psychopathology, normal personality, and life-event data). Meaningful relationships were found between the SCORS–G level of personality organization and aspects of psychopathology (Personality Assessment Inventory; Morey, 1991), regulation and control (NEO Five-Factor Inventory; Costa & McCrae, 1989, 1992b), and number of psychiatric hospitalizations, suicide attempts, and educational level. Overall, this study demonstrates the potential value of creating levels of personality organization (LPO) using the SCORS–G composite or global ratings as a supplement to the psychological assessment process and further highlights the utility of this measure in the field of personality assessment. Clinical and research-related implications as well as limitations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-175
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 4 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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