THE CHABOT EMOTIONAL DIFFERENTIATION SCALE: A THEORETICALLY AND PSYCHOMETRICALLY SOUND INSTRUMENT FOR MEASURING BOWEN's INTRAPSYCHIC ASPECT OF DIFFERENTIATION

Authors


  • Carolyn Licht, MA, and David Chabot, PhD, Department of Psychology, Fordham University.

Dr. David Chabot, Department of Psychology, Dealy Hall, 441 East Fordham Road, Bronx, New York, 10458; E-mail: drchabot@sbcglobal.net

Abstract

Bowen's theory (1978) of differentiation is the personality variable most critical to mature development and the attainment of psychological health. The study of psychological differentiation has been confounded by confusion regarding the constructs being studied and the measurement tools used to assess them. The purpose of this review is to introduce and demonstrate the utility and importance of the Chabot Emotional Differentiation Scale (CED; Chabot, 1993), a self-report instrument specifically designed to measure Bowen's intrapsychic aspect of differentiation, or an individual's ability to distinguish between emotional and intellectual functioning and utilize intellect in emotionally charged situations. Psychometric support for the CED, validation and cross-cultural studies to date, and implications for theory, research, and practice are presented.

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