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On June 20-21 2015 the Forth National Conference „Psychological Diagnosis as a Subject of Research and Teaching” took place at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS) in Warsaw. This year's edition was entitled “Standards of psychological diagnosis in practice”. The conference was jointly organized by the Psychology Department and the Academic Center for Psychotherapy and Development of the SWPS. Our Laboratory was one of the patrons of the event.

On the first day of the Conference the session organized by Joanna Stańczak from the Laboratory took place entitled Standards of test application in psychological diagnosis. The session was chaired by Dr. Aleksandra Jaworowska, also from the Laboratory. Our first speaker was Dr. Dragos Illiescu (The Psyence Group, D&D Research) whose talk was devoted to Psytchologists' competence in the selection of psychological tools and in diagnostic decision-making. Then Diana Fecenec gave a talk entitled Standards and testing of children belonging to special populations to be followed by Dr. Emilia Wrocławska-Warchala who talked about Competence of projective methods users. The session closed with the talk given jointly by Maria Rafalak and Joanna Stańczak and devoted to Standards in computer and online testing.

On the second day of the Conference, during a session sponsored by the Laboratory Maria Rafalak and Joanna Stanczak presented various capabilities of our online testing platform Epsilon.

During the Conference our stand offered our recently released tests and books. Visitors abounded and we would like to thank all those who participated in our sessions and visited our stand.

Registration is on for the Fourth Annual Polish Conference Diagnosis as a subject of research and teaching which this year is entitled “Standards of the psychological diagnosis in practice”. It is going to take place on 20-21 June, 2015 in Warsaw. The Coference is jointly organized by the Psychology Department of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS) and Academic Center for Psychotherapy and Development of the SWPS.

Intelligence and Development Scales for Pre-School Children IDS-P is a new version of the well-known IDS test, designed to assess younger children, aged 3-5 (norms 3;0 – 5;11). Diagnosis with IDS-P develops a profile and can assess test-taker's strong and weak points.

The tasks resemble a child's play, they measure abilities which determine intelligence level and competences which are important from the point of view of a child's behavior in pre-school and are rehearsable (culture-determined).

The Scales consist of the part where cognitive skills are measured (which includes the following sub-tests: Visual perception, Selective attention, Phonological memory, Visual-spatial memory, Spatial reasoning, Conceptual reasoning, and Auditory memory), the part which measures competence (including the following sub-tests: Motorics, Manipulation, Visual and auditory co-ordination, Social and emotional competence, Logical and mathematical reasoning, Active speech, Vocabulary, and Passive speech), and the tools which allow to measure coping in stressful and difficult situation (the sub-test Gratification delay and the scales Persistence and Achievement satisfaction) .

Opportunities of analysis and interpretation given by IDS-P make it a pefect tool to be used for:

  • assesssing intelligence level
  • defining a given child's strong and weak points (e.g. for the purpose of education and re-education planning)
  • pointing out children who are most gifted or have a high intellectual capability
  • assessing whether a child is ready to begin school education

IDS-P results

Raw results in each test were normalized which allows for profile development and comparisons between individuals.

Joint results of cognitive skills assessments are conceived  in the form of IQ and interpreted as fluid intelligence. Results of some of the competence assessment tests (dealing with mathematics and language), are conceived in the form of IQ and interpreted as crystallized intelligence. The sum of all those joint results is conceived in the form of IQ and interpreted as an index of general intelligence.

Advantages of Intelligence and Development Scales for Pre-School Children IDS-P:

  • results of all three intelligence scales can be conceived in the form of Wechslerian IQ
  • possibility to assess selected areas of behaviour (modular assessment)
  • training in application and interpretation offered by the PTL
  • Polish norms for general population (of almost 900 assessed children)
  • wide range of possible applications   

Intelligence and Development Scales for Pre-School Children IDS-P are now available.

Intelligence and Development Scales for Pre-School Children IDS-P is a new version of the well-known IDS test, designed to assess younger children, aged 3-5 (norms 3;0 – 5;11). Diagnosis with IDS-P develops a profile and can assess test-taker's strong and weak points. The tasks  resemble a child's play, they measure abilities which determine intelligence level and competences which are important from the point of view of a child's behavior in pre-school and are rehearsable (culture-determined).

 

The Scales consist of the part where cognitive skills are measured (which includes the following sub-tests: Visual perception, Selective attention, Phonological memory, Visual-spatial memory, Spatial reasoning, Conceptual reasoning, and Auditory memory), the part which measures competence (including the following sub-tests: Motorics, Manipulation, Visual and auditory co-ordination, Social and emotional competence, Logical and mathematical reasoning, Active speech, Vocabulary, and Passive speech), and the tools which allow to measure coping in stressful and difficult situation (the sub-test Gratification delay and the scales Persistence and Achievement satisfaction)

 

Opportunities of analysis and interpretation given by IDS-P make it a pefect tool to be used for:

 

a) assesssing intelligence level

b) defining a given child's strong and weak points (e.g. for the purpose of education and re-education planning)    

c) pointing out children who are most gifted or have a high intellectual capability     

d) assessing whether a child is ready to begin school education

 

IDS-P results

 

Raw results in each test were normalized which allows for profile development and comparisons between individuals.

 

Joint results of cognitive skills assessments are conceived  in the form of IQ and interpreted as fluid intelligence. Results of some of the competence assessment tests (dealing with mathematics and language), are conceived in the form of IQ and interpreted as crystallized intelligence. The sum of all those joint results is conceived in the form of IQ and interpreted as an index of general intelligence.

 

Advantages of Intelligence and Development Scales for Pre-School Children IDS-P:

 

l  results of all three intelligence scales can be conceived in the form of Wechslerian IQ

l  possibility to assess selected areas of behaviour (modular assessment)

l  training in application and interpretation offered by the PTL

l  Polish norms for general population (of almost 900 assessed children)

l  wide range of possible applications   

 

Intelligence and Development Scales for Pre-School Children IDS-P are now available.

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The launch meeting of the book Standards for persons using tests in business. Ethics – procedures – effectiveness. European standards for test users in business EFPA EuroTest – WO with experts' commentaries took place on Thursday, November 27, 2014 in the Sztuki&sztuczki restaurant in Warsaw.

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LBQ is a Polish adaptation of the Italian questionnaire created by Massimo Sentinello. It measures professional burnout in persons whose job consists in teaching or helping other people. The features measured by the questionnaire include:

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During the recent 35th Reunion of the Polish Psychological Association in Bydgoszcz we asked paritcipants visiting our stand for opinions on the Laboratory's activities and offer. The opinions were supposed to be written on stickers having the form of a little fish, and stuck to the stand.

We received a number of interesting remarks and suggestions we would like to respond to in what follows.

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BIP is a questionnaire designed to measure (in a structural way) a respondent's self-image.

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The reunion took place in Bydgoszcz on 18-21 September 2014. Sessions and workshops were held in the main building of the Kazimierz Wielki University. Representatives of the Laboratory participated in both sessions and workshops, as well as in the poster session.

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The conference organized by the International Neuropsychology Society (INS) was held in Jerusalem on 9-11 May 2014. The principal theme was formulated as „Neuropsychology: From Lab to Rehab” and its main purpose was to highlight the wide variety of research carried out in the field of neuropsychology: from the experimental up to clinical research including diagnosis and rehabilitation. Participanting in the conference were scholars from all over the world, not only neuropsychologists, but also those working in the related disciplines such as clinical psychology, neurology, physical therapy, psychiatrics and many others. The Psychological Test Laboratory was represented by Joanna Stańczak who participated in the poster session presenting a poster prepared together with Emilia Łojek and Agnieszka Wójcik. The poster entitled “The Value of the Activity in Coping and Positive Attitude Scale in the Assessment of Depression in Healthy Persons, Brain Damaged Individuals and Persons with Major Depression” dealt with diagnostic value of the scale included in the new original instrument for depression examination: The Questionnaire for the Measurement of Depression.

You can see the poster (in A4 format) here

Despite unexpected increase, at the beginning of July, of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it was possible to spare some time for visiting Jerusalem and its surroundings. 

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The 9th Conference of the International Test Commission (ITC) devoted to the issues of psychometrics was held between the 2nd and 5th of  May 2014 in the city of San Sebastian located on the northern coast of Spain. ITC is an international organization gathering scientists and organizations engaged in the construction and adaptation of psychometric tools, in spreading good practices of their use as well as in users training.

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