1st Edition

The Social Cognition and Object Relations Scale-Global Rating Method (SCORS-G)
A comprehensive guide for clinicians and researchers

ISBN 9781138633407
Published December 18, 2017 by Routledge
264 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

USD $59.95

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Book Description

The Social Cognition and Object Relations Scale-Global Rating Method (SCORS-G) is a clinician rated measure that can be used to code various forms of narrative material. It is comprised of eight dimensions which are scored using a seven-point Likert scale, where lower scores are indicative of more pathological aspects of object representations and higher scores are suggestive of more mature and adaptive functioning. The volume is a comprehensive reference on the 1) validity and reliability of the SCORS-G rating system; 2) in depth review of the empirical literature; 3) administration and intricacies of scoring; and 4) the implications and clinical utility of the system across settings and disciplines for clinicians and researchers.

Table of Contents

I History and Empirical Research  1: Introduction  2: Empirical Research on the SCORS-G:  A review.  II Scoring  3: Complexity of Representations of People  4: Affective Quality of Representations (AFF)  5: Emotional Investment in Relationships (EIR)  6: Emotional Investment in Values and Moral Standards (EIM)  7: Understanding of Social Causality (SC)  8: Experience and Management of Aggressive Impulses (AGG)  9: Self-Esteem (SE)  10: Identity and Coherence of Self (ICS)  11: Tying it all together:  Effective strategies for scoring  12: Practice narratives  III Clinical Applications  13: Identifying SCORS-G variables in your clinical work and associated interventions  14: Using SCORS-G anchor points in the therapy and supervisory process  15: Using the SCORS-G in the intake and psychological assessment process: Qualitative and Quantitative approaches  Appendix A:  Table of Empirical Research

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Michelle B Stein, PhD, is a psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor through Harvard Medical School. She serves inpatient and outpatient populations conducting individual and group psychotherapy as well as outpatient psychological assessments. She co-developed the SCORS-G manual.

Jenelle Slavin-Mulford, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Augusta University where she teaches personality assessment, psychopathology, and psychotherapy to graduate students. Personality assessment is a main focus of her research and she is a co-author of the most recent version of the SCORS-G manual. 


"This volume is truly a comprehensive guide to the SCORS-G rating method that includes a complete review of the research to date, extremely clear discussion of scoring guidelines, extensive practice examples that are incredibly useful in training clinicians at all levels of experience and a direct link with clinical applications. Stein and Slavin-Mulford provide several impressive chapters on how to use the information from this measure in an integrative manner during the intake and psychological assessment process, as well as how to inform the patient-therapist interaction, clinical interventions and supervisory process. If you are interested in evaluating the complexity and depth offered by narrative material in relation to applied clinical issues with an evidenced-based assessment tool this book is a must!"

– Mark J. Hilsenroth, PhD, editor of the journal Psychotherapy and professor at the Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University, USA

"In an era when self-report measures dominate psychology, Stein and Slavin-Mulford’s compelling review of the narrative-based SCORS-G is a breath of fresh air. Blending empirical evidence with clinical wisdom, the authors provide a step-by-step guide to this important assessment tool that will be useful to graduate students and early career psychologists as well as experienced clinicians and clinical researchers."

– Robert F. Bornstein, PhD, past president of the Society for Personality Assessment and professor at the Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University, USA