An important test of the validity of the Personal Skills Map was to determine whether or not the instrument could effectively differentiate individuals functioning at healthy, normal, and below-average personal skill levels in their daily lives. As a beginning step in the validation of the Personal Skills Map, the instrument was administered to three carefully selected research groups.
The first research group was comprised of skilled professional helpers in the behavioral sciences. Doctoral and masters level professionals working as psychologists, social psychotherapists, human development educators, marriage and family counselors, and college counselors were included in this research group.
A second research group was randomly selected from the normal population used in the standardization of the Personal Skills Map and was selected to provide an average or expected level of personal skill development as measured by the Personal Skills Map.
A third research group was comprised of youth and adults voluntarily seeking counseling and psychotherapy services from out-patient treatment facilities. All persons in this research group completed the Personal Skills Map during the first week of therapy, and all of them were seeking professional assistance with personal problems. This group was included in the research to represent a below average level of personal skill development and was designated as an in-therapy population.
The Personal Skills Map was designed to measure key dimensions and skills related to mental health and personal effectiveness. Skill areas as defined by the Personal Skills Map scales correlate with factors and concepts purportedly measured by standard personality inventories. Scale by scale correlations for the Personal Skills Map and the (1) Personal Orientation Inventory (Shostrom, 1962), (2) Edwards Personal Preference Schedule (Edwards, 1953), (3) Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (Cattell, 1956), and (4) Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (Hathaway and McKinley, 1943) were completed to establish initial concurrent validity.
This was the beginning of our research and development of our Personal Skills Map in the field of mental health.
As you can see it was thoroughly researched and intended as a tool to assist in the development of a healthy personality for both youth and adults.