Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 487–500

Psychometric properties of the Social Problem Solving Inventory (SPSI) with normal and emotionally disturbed adolescents

  • Christine Sadowski
  • Lisa A. Moore
  • Mary Lou Kelley
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02168087

Cite this article as:
Sadowski, C., Moore, L.A. & Kelley, M.L. J Abnorm Child Psychol (1994) 22: 487. doi:10.1007/BF02168087

Abstract

The factor structure of the Social Problem Solving Inventory (SPSI; D'Zurilla & Nezu, 1990) was evaluated with a sample of 708 normal adolescents. Confirmatory factor analysis supported the empirically derived five-factor model reported by D'Zurilla and Maydeu-Olivares (1994) using an adult sample, but not the theoretically derived seven-factor structure of the original SPSI. The psychometric properties of the original and revised inventories are reported for normal adolescents and psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents (n=63). Internal consistency and reliability estimates were adequate. Support for the validity of the revised SPSI was demonstrated by examining the relationship between social skills, depression, and social problem solving; in addition, differences between normal and inpatient adolescent samples were examined. The findings are discussed in terms of the utility of the inventories with adolescents.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine Sadowski
    • 1
  • Lisa A. Moore
    • 1
  • Mary Lou Kelley
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton Rouge