College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Reliability of the Advanced Psychodiagnostic Interpretation (API) Scoring System for the Bender Gestalt.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-1999

Keywords

Adult, Bender-Gestalt Test, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Florida, Middle Aged, Observer Variation, Personality Disorders, Psychometrics, Reproducibility of Results, Paranoid Schizophrenia.

Publication Title

Assessment

ISSN

1073-1911

Volume

6

Issue/No.

3

Abstract

This study assesses the interrater reliability of the revised Advanced Psychodiagnostic Interpretation (API) scoring system for the Bender Gestalt Test (BGT). The API scoring system identifies 207 possible distortions in a BGT protocol. Agreement across nine raters exceeded 90% for each of three clinical protocols. Kappa statistics indicated that the API system exhibited good interrater reliability. Further research is necessary in such areas as test-retest reliability and validity to further demonstrate the effectiveness of the procedure.

DOI

10.1177/107319119900600310