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J Clin Psychol. 2011 Jan;67(1):6-16. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20738. Epub 2010 Oct 11.

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

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  • 1The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. power@email.chop.edu


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.

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