Happy new year! On a personal note: in August I retired from teaching at Roosevelt University after 20 excellent years there. I am now a professor emeritus at that university. I am hoping, pandemic permitting, to move to Cadiz, Spain. In the past I have worked with some of our colleagues at the University of Cadiz and hope to continue that collaboration, as well as with other universities in Spain and South America. The move will take much time and effort in my part but, after that is completed, I am hoping to invest more time into developing further the tests featured in my web, especially the EAS.

Thank you,


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Update – Answer Format for the EAS/SABE

With the adjustments made to the Emotional Assessment System (EAS) to take into account changes of the DSM-5, the format for the answers changed from True-False to a four option Likert system (True, Mostly True, Mostly False, and False).  For the last two years, stating with Stacy Feeley’s dissertation, we have been looking at that change.  We administered the same questionnaire using the two formats in a counterbalanced manner.  The results were surprising.  The correlation between the raw scores of the scales of the questionnaire was .96.  In other words, the two formats yield the same results.  Having learned that information, we reverted to the previous T-F format for two reasons: (1) we also learned from the study that the T-F format is quicker, it takes less time to complete the inventory, and (2) going back to the T-F format allowed the use of a great deal of data collected with that format. The norms for the new program, downloadable from this web, has data from 1,820 community participants, 619 psychiatric participants, and 546 participants who took the Spanish version, the Sistema Autodiagnóstico de Balance Emocional (SABE). Other contributors to this project included Erin Orentas, Sahana Moodabagil, Jeremy Kelleher, Elisa Moreira, Maria Márquez, Maya Alexander, Kassandra Murad,  Andrea Tan, Dylan Penna-Powell, and Jesús Ruan

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Con los ajustes que se hicieron al cuestionario SABE (Sistema Autodiagnóstico de Balance Emocional) para acomodarlo al DSM-5 se cambió la forma de contestar de Verdadero-Falso a una escala Likert con cuatro posibilidades (Verdadero, Mayormente Verdadero, Mayormente Falso y Falso).  Por lo últimos dos años hemos estado estudiando la diferencia, empezando con una tesis de Stacy Feeley.  Los mismos participantes tomaron las dos versiones en contrapeso.  Los resultados han sido muy sorprendentes en que la correlación entre las dos formas fue .96.  Es decir, no hay ninguna diferencia entre las dos formas de contestar a lo que va a la puntuación bruta obtenida con las escalas del cuestionario.  Como resultado, hemos vuelto a la forma original de Verdadero-Falso.  Las ventajas de volver a ese formato incluyen que el cuestionario se contesta más rápidamente (otro descubrimiento del estudio), y que podemos usar muchos datos obtenidos con la versión más antigua.  La versión nueva tiene unas normas de la comunidad de 1,820 participantes, normas psiquiátricas con 619 y las normas del SABE en español con 546 participantes.  El programa nuevo para la computadora (ordenador) ofrece la opción de usar cualquiera de las normas.  El programa se encuentra en EAS-SABE

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Dr. Jeffrey Kunka has created a wonderful program that allows us to score the Emotional Assessment System (EAS-5) or the Sistema Autodiagnóstico de Balances Emocionales (SABE) correctly, using the Likert scale. You can download that program from the EAS-5 tab.

El Dr. Jeffrey Kunka ha creado un programa nuevo que nos permite carregir el EAS-5 o el SABE usado los resultados de la escala Likert. Baja ese programa desde el directorio de EAS-5.

The presentations in Cadiz, Spain and at the American Psychological Association in Chicago went very well.

We are working on a new version of the computer program and will let you know when it is ready

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I am scheduled to do a workshop on the Emotional Assessment System (EAS) at the meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) in New Orleans on March 24th. The EAS is a new DSM-5 broad spectrum questionnaire. The Spanish version I have also created is being standardized in countries like Chile and Spain. Although the workshop will deal with the English version, the material presented will be also of benefit to diagnosticians interested in the Spanish speaking population. I hope to see you in New Orleans!


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