Research Applications with the NEO PI-R
Clinical work is a very time-consuming endeavor filled with many pressures and concerns. With all the time constraints it seems reasonable to ask whether the introduction of a new assessment instrument is worth the time it consumes. Although I have already outlined how the NEO PI-R can be useful in providing clinically relevant information, there are three other benefits that also need to be considered. First, clinicians must and do have an investment in assessing the quality of their own work. How effective are one’s interventions? In what ways does a therapist impact their clients? Answers to these questions help therapists fine-tune their therapeutic skills, pointing out particular strengths and weaknesses. Second, in working with clients on growth issues, it becomes important to have measures that will provide information on the adaptive capacities of the individual. Unlike many clinical instruments, the NEO PI-R can speak meaningfully about coping strategies and interpersonal styles, among other qualities. These insights focus on who a person is and the directions they are likely to move toward rather than emphasizing deficiencies and weaknesses. Finally, there are the pressures of managed care, which continually call for greater documented efficiency in treatment.
KeywordsConfirmatory Factor Analysis Intrinsic Religiosity Personality Domain Interpersonal Style Extrinsic Religiosity
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