Determining readiness for predoctoral internship training: the process of developing a screening measure

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  • This article was supported by a Graduate Psychology Education grant through the Bureau of Health Professions of the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (D40HP00039). We are extremely grateful to the Training Advisory Committee of the Psychology Internship Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for their contributions to the development and evaluation of the screening measure described in this study.

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The purpose of this study was to illustrate the development of a screening measure to assess readiness for psychology internship training. The screening measure was comprised 13 items rated on a 4-point scale. Two program faculty members reviewed the application of each candidate independently. Psychologists were arbitrarily assigned to belong to reviewer group 1 or 2. Data from group 1 were subjected to exploratory factor analysis; data from group 2 were subjected to confirmatory factor analysis. Two factors were identified and confirmed: Factor I comprised 6 items referring to core competencies, and Factor II comprised 4 items referring to relevant background experiences. Correlations between raters at the factor and item level generally were in the moderate range. This study illustrates the process of developing a screening measure to help determine readiness for internship training. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol 67:1–6, 2010.

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