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Measures of Psychosocial Development

Gwen A. Hawley, PhD

Assesses personality development through eight stages of life
Paper and pencil
Age range:
13 years to 86 years
15-20 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

This Eriksonian-based instrument provides a measure of the positive and negative attitudes associated with each of eight developmental stages, the status of conflict resolution at each stage, and an index of overall psychosocial health.

Focus on healthy personality development and growth instead of pathology

  • Attitudes that describe the basic dimensions of personality are measured by eight Positive and eight Negative scales.
  • The direction and degree of resolution between the Positive and Negative scales is reflected in the eight Resolution scales.
  • Three Total scales provide measures of overall psychosocial adjustment.
  • Normed on a sample of 2,480 white males and females ages 13-86 years, the MPD is useful in a variety of clinical, counseling, training, and research settings.