A validation study for the Problem Solving Inventory on an adolescent population

Bernard Anthony Corda, Pace University


This study attempted to validate a modified version of Heppner & Petersen's (1982) Problem Solving Inventory, (PSI) for a younger adolescent population with specific emphasis on its potential uses with Learning Disabled adolescents. Results indicate the Problem Solving Inventory was not useful in differentiating Learning Disabled from non-Learning Disabled youngsters. Since the self-appraisal of interpersonal problem solving ability of Learning Disabled students did not significantly differ from that of non-handicapped students, the Problem Solving Inventory did not add anything in the way of prediction to Grade Point Average beyond what can be predicted by standardized test scores. Age and gender differences were found for Problem Solving Confidence, Personal Control, and total PSI score. Finally, the lack of significant correlations between Hahnemann & PSI variables suggests a weak relationship between self-appraisal of problem solving skills and teacher-observed classroom behavior. Although the PSI did not distinguish between the self-appraised interpersonal problem solving of Learning Disabled and non-handicapped students, it is nevertheless useful in providing a reliable assessment of this aspect of social competence. This may prove to be a meaningful enhancement of school psychological evaluation.

Subject Area

Psychological tests|Psychology|Special education

Recommended Citation

Corda, Bernard Anthony, "A validation study for the Problem Solving Inventory on an adolescent population" (1991). ETD Collection for Pace University. AAI9114486.



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