The Interpersonal Checklist, occasionally referred to as the Adjective Checklist, has been around in one form or another since the late fifty's.  It was originally part of a very complex system of personality analysis designed by a group of prominent psychologists of the day that was sponsored by a grant from Kaiser foundation.  The theory, which formed the basis for the now popular "Five Factor Theory", was too complicated to be appealing to many parcticioners of that time, has largely been modified or ignored.  However, this instrument has maintained a steady and recently revised level of popularity.

The IC was designed to obtain the individual's perception of him/her self, or of some significant other.  Originally displayed in a pie graph format, the visual comparison of two graphs could be done to obtain some predictions of how a couple might interact.  Today, with the aid of computers, the interpretation of this data becomes more practical and understandable.  For example, if we know something about a husband's view or perception of himself, and something about his perception of his wife, then we should know something about his view of the marriage.  If we add that data to similar data from the wife, we should know a lot about the marital balance and functioning.  Combining four sets of data requires a computer, but the information that it makes available is impressive.

Consisting of a single page of short phrases, the rating is done by simply checking each of the 128 items that describes the individual being rated, while leaving the other items unchecked. Completing a single rating rarely takes longer than ten to fifteen minutes. While simple to take, the information that is generated is unavailable from other sources.

The resulting report measures the individual (husband, wife or marriage) on sixteen variables, that are dicotomized. An additional measure is provided by placing the individual on a graphic field consisting of a horizontal axis of HOSTILE vs. LOVING, and a vertical axis of DOMINATING vs. SUBMISSIVE. The mariage can be viewed on this field as well as the four individual partners in the marriage, i.e. (1) the husband as seen by the wife, (2) the husband as seen by the husband, (3) the wife as seen by the wife and (4) the wife as seen by the husband. As couples realize that there are four partners involved in two different conceptual marriages, difficulties in communication are suddenly understood in an entirely new way.

The computer program for analysing this material is not publicly available. However, PSWF provides a report and analysis service as well as the test forms for utilizing this very unique approach to understanding marital functioning. Therapists working in this field may E-Mail us for details. Individuals concerned with their own marriage may also utilize this service, but please identify yourself as individuals NOT IN THERAPY when contacting us.

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