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Holden Psychological Screening Inventory

Ronald R. Holden, Ph.D.

Technical Information

Normative data for general adults, psychiatric adults, male adult psychiatric offenders, high school students, and university students are provided in the manual.

Reliability and Validity
The HPSI was developed following rigorous test-development procedures. The manual covers the historical foundation upon which the HPSI is based and offers a series of case studies as concrete examples of the HPSI's applicability in a variety of clinical settings. Detailed data are presented, including:

  • Internal consistency and test-retest stability, as primary indices of test reliability 
  • Various studies revealed values representing extremely acceptable levels of internal consistency reliability for a screening inventory
  • Holden, using a four-week retesting interval with 108 undergraduates, found reliabilities to exceed .83 for every HPSI scale
  • A number of factor analyses on the HPSI items 
  • A number of studies with the HPSI that examined scale intercorrelation, supporting the notion that the Psychiatric Symptomatology, Social Symptomatology, and Depression scales are distinct concepts 
  • Values indicating acceptable levels of validity for a quick-screening form, and supporting the HPSI’s validity index 
  • Criterion, convergent validity, and its ability to detect clinical changes

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Profile Reports
Profile Reports include narrative summaries of responses, validity, subscale score interpretation, and an overall respondent profile.

Comparative Reports
Comparative Reports assess changes over the course of treatment by comparing up to four administrations. They are free with the purchase of HPSI Version 5 software or online Profile Reports.

Interpretive Reports

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For more information on the HPSI click here.
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About the Author

Ronald R. Holden, Ph.D. 
Ronald R. Holden is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. He also has appointments in the Queen's University Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Urology at Kingston General Hospital.

Ronald R. Holden received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Toronto. He then completed both his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, specializing in clinical psychology at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Holden has held academic appointments at the University of Western Ontario, Trent University, and Queen's University. His clinical training and research affiliations include the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, London Psychiatric Hospital, and Kingston Psychiatric Hospital. Dr. Holden has published widely on the topics of test construction, psychometrics, and assessment.
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Ronald R. Holden, Ph.D.

Age Range 14 years and older

Administration Time 5 to 7 minutes

Administration Type Self-report

Qualification Level B

  • Handscored
  • Software 
  • Online