The latest in SASB and IRT
Sample questionnaires and answer sheets
Former links to Questionnaires have been removed because of misuse.
Samples are available to qualified professionals or to professionals in training under supervision of qualified professionals.
If you are a health care professional interested in using SASB, please contact
Dennis Laros at
and the dimensional ratings exercises used to validate the structure of their content
Note: I hope to find time soon to put the questions and answer forms in a shell and create a secure channel so that raters can take the questionnaires on line and providers no longer need to type the answers into the proper format for processing.
What does output from SASB Intrex questionnaires look like?
According to SASB and IRT personality must be contextualized. We are not the same in every relationship and should not be. Patients choose their significant others; rate step parents or other non traditional caregivers if appropriate to their history. Clinicians can review these results with patients and the copy processes are easy to see at the level of individuals as are the predictive principles.
There also are files that are formatted to make it easy to read this information into Excel or SPSS or BMDP for research analyses
What does copy process look like in SASB research studies?
Software also provides sequential analyses, using Markov chain analysis described by Isaacson. References for and illustrations of uses of this powerful method are in:
Benjamin, L.S. (1986). Operational definition and measurement of dynamics shown in the stream of free associations. Psychiatry, Journal for the Study of Biological and Social Processes, 49, 104-129
Benjamin, L.S. (1977) Structural analysis of a family in therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 45,391-406.
One interesting variation on standard ways of looking at one step probabilities also is shown at the same link. One file includes figures comparing mother to child sequences for a depressed mother to a matched control pair. The data are from a data base collected by Donna Gelfand and Doug Teti, supported by NIMH.
Interactions between this depressed mother and her child centered on the vertical (interdependence) axis of the SASB model
Results show at an individual level what is seen at a group level. Exchanges for the depressed pair center on the vertical axis of the SASB model, whereas changes for the normal pair are in the normal region of friendly differentiation and friendly enmeshment. Such orderliness a the N = 1 level is typical of SASB and shows what can be seen in the clinic if you know what to look for (here: lots of concern about control/submit and separation for the depressed pair; more warm collaboration in problem solving for the normal pair.
I emphasize this here because few SASB users have taken advantage of the powerful sequential analyses provide by the SASB coding software. Elizabeth Skowron is an exception. Her studies of mother child interactions comparing mothers identified by the state as maltreaters to controls are monumental in importance to the study of the development of psychopathology as a result of child maltreatment. Skowron’s studies are cited in the IRT section of this web site because they are strongly supportive of the natural biological perspective on development of psychopathology (Benjamin, draft chapter 3).