Forer Structured Sentence Completion Test

Purpose: Designed to identify individuals’ attitudes and views about themselves, others, and the world.

Population: Adolescents and adults.

Score: Four categories.

Time: (15-20) minutes.

Author: Bertram R. Forer.

Publisher: Western Psychological Services.

Description: The Forer Structured Sentence Completion Test (FSSCT) is comprised of 100 sentence stems developed to identify individuals’ attitudes and views about themselves, others, and the world. Sentence stems reflect an approximately equal balance among third-person and first-person singular and plural stimulus presentations. The structure of the FSSCT involves both the specificity of the sentence stems and the evaluation system used to assess the quality of responses.

Scoring: Forer has developed a Checklist and Clinical Evaluation Form for both the adolescent and adult forms. These forms provide a structured evaluation scheme that the examiner can use to group individual items into one of four categories: Interpersonal Figures, Wishes, Causes of Own (feelings and behaviors), and Reactions (to other people). Each item is rated according to "attitudes toward" and "characteristics of" in the first two categories and "attitudes toward" in the last two categories. All of the terms used have specific clinical operational definitions and clear implications about the structure and organization of one’s personality. Forer has attempted to define these terms operationally in the manual.

Reliability and Validity: The manual contains no information on reliability and validity.

Norms: Norms are not available.

Suggested Uses: The FSSCT is recommended as a supplement to a battery of psychological tests in clinical or research settings.