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John O'Connor, Doris Redfield, William Pfohl

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


In using the BASIC I.D. profile as an assessment tool, seven modalities of the client are assessed: Behaviors, Affect, Sensations, Imagery, Cognitions, Interpersonal relationships, and Drugs (physiological condition). The purpose of this s•udy was to assess the interrater agreement of the BASIC I.D. profile when used as an assessment approach in psychotherapy. The raters were 15 graduate students in clinical and school psychology at Western Kentucky University. Six actors served as subjects who simulated clients coming to a psychotherapist for his/her initial interview. Two experienced interviewers portrayed therapists conducting the initial interview with the subject. The interviews were videotaped and, after a training session explaining the use of the BASIC I.D. approach, the raters prepared BASIC I.D. profiles for each of the subjects. The seven BASIC I.D. modalities yielded kappa coefficients ranging from .59 for Sensations to .42 for Affect. The correlation between the raters' own BASIC I.D. profiles and the number of problems they identified in the BASIC I.D. profiles of the subjects was nonsignificant. In conclusion, interrater agreement for the BASIC I.D. profile method of clinical assessment appears to be acceptable. Furthermore, it does not appear that the personal BASIC I.D. profile of a therapist influences his/her assessment of others.


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