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Doctor of Education (EdD)


Counseling and Educational Psychology

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This study was designed to provide information regarding the predictive validity of the Hill Interaction Matrix Form-B (HIM-B), a test of interpersonal behavior, for its use in screening potential group members; Group counselors who desire to screen potential group members are faced with a dilemma. Traditional screening methods such as intake interviews, waiting list groups and standard psychological testing have proven inadequate for the task of screening for groups. Tests of interpersonal behavior seem appropriate for screenin purposes but flaws in some of these tests limit their usefulness. A review of the literature generated concerns about the HIM-B's composition and the recommended interpretation of the HIM-B's Total Acceptance Score. Problems with the scoring method for the test and the interpretation of scores raise some research questions concerning (1) The shape of the relationship between HIM-B total score variations and quality of group behavior and (2) the ability of HIM-B total score variations to predict quality of group behavior; Three groups were selected for inclusion in the study: (1) graduate students in a group dynamics class with an experiential component, (2) patients attending a drug and alcohol awareness group, and (3) a group of emergency room nurses attending a stress management group. The total sample size was 44 with 31 female and 13 male subjects; The HIM-B was administered to the subjects prior to the beginning of the group sessions and their interactions from three of their group sessions was recorded on the Hill Interaction Matrix as an indication of quality of group behavior; The results of a test for linearity indicated that the shape of the relationship between the HIM-B total score variations and quality of group behavior tended toward linearity although the results were significant at the .05 level for only one of the three HIM-B total score variations. The Pearson r predictive validity coefficients indicated that the correlation between HIM-B total score variations and quality of group behavior was negative, a direction not anticipated from the literature, with two of the three score variations significant at the .05 level; The results of the study fail to support Hill's recommended interpretation of the Total Acceptance Score and further, do not support the use of HIM-B total score variations for screening purposes.


Device; Form; Group; Hill; Interaction; Matrix; Members; Potential; Predictive; Scores; Screening; Study; Total; Use; Validity

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Educational tests and measurements

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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