28th January 2018 at 2:52 pm #45450
My clients are an educational organization who work with disadvantaged adults to help them finish schooling and achieve their goals. They are looking for an assessment that will measure their clients “frame of mind” to succeed. Many students begin workforce training and then quit for many different reasons. This organization wants to be able to assess their “positivity levels” and be able to work with them before their workforce training in order to increase their well-being and willingness to attain goals.
They have hired me to come up with plans to help these students, but first find assessments. Among self-compassion and self-control scales, I am searching for measurements of attributional (or explanatory style). Dr. Seligman has his optimism test, which is available for free, but is this the same test as attributional style?
Has anyone worked with either assessment?
Thanks for any advice and suggestions you may have,
31st January 2018 at 1:15 pm #45574
Thanks for your question.
I searched my library and found this chapter that you may find useful:
It comes from this book:
I also really recommend this book, because it includes a great amount of positive psychological assessments. it’s the best one I ever encountered:
Please let me know if this was helpful or that you need more guidance.
All the best,
1st February 2018 at 3:33 am #45585
Thank you so much for sending these links. They are very helpful. I ended up writing to Dr. Seligman for a copy of the ASQ, but will try to get a hold of these books.
1st February 2018 at 2:01 pm #45594
I’m thinking about getting a copy of the Simmons book that you recommend. It looks like they have an entire chapter devoted to the measurement of optimism, hope and humor. Can you tell me if they include copies of the questionnaires? I ask because I have read that the measurement of explanatory/attributional style has evolved somewhat as the theories of learned helplessness/hopelessness have been revised. Since the Simmons book was published in 2012, I’m thinking perhaps that there might be updated discussions regarding the use of the ASQ and maybe copies of new versions. But what do I know?
Hey, thank you again for finding those books and sending the links.
5th February 2018 at 9:27 am #45681
Happy to help. Yes, the book contains both the background information and the measure itself. If there is a specific questionnaire you are looking for, I can also send it to you directly.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if there is anything you need!
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