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Social Problem-Solving Inventory–Revised

Thomas J. D’Zurilla, Ph.D.
Arthur M. Nezu, Ph.D.
Albert Maydeu-Olivares, Ph.D.


Social problem-solving ability has implications for all areas of life, including interpersonal and work-related relationships. The SPSI–R helps you determine an individual’s problem-solving strengths and weaknesses so that deficits can be addressed and treatment progress can be tracked. It is suitable for educational, healthcare, corrections, or business environments with people who want to explore and develop their social problem-solving skills.

How to Use the Assessment
The SPSI–R is a self-report instrument that consists of a long (SPSI–R:L) and short (SPSI–R:S) version. Both versions are available in handscored format with MHS QuikScore™ Forms. With QuikScore™ Forms, raw scores are easily calculated and converted to standard scores.

Social Problem Solving Inventory–Revised: Long (SPSI –R:L)
The SPSI–R:L provides a more detailed assessment with scores for all of the five scales, as well as scores for the four Rational Problem Solving subscales.

Social Problem Solving Inventory–Revised: Short (SPSI –R:S)
The SPSI–R:S measures the same five scales as the long version, but it does not break down the Rational Problem Solving scale into subscale scores. It is ideal for repeat administration during treatment to track progress.
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Scales & Forms

  • Positive Problem Orientation
  • Negative Problem Orientation
  • Rational Problem Solving
    • Problem Definition and Formulation
    • Generation of Alternative Solutions
    • Decision Making
    • Solution Implementation and Verification
  • Impulsivity/Carelessness Style
  • Avoidance Style
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Thomas J. D’Zurilla, Ph.D.,
Arthur M. Nezu, Ph.D., &
Albert Maydeu-Olivares, Ph.D.

Age Range 13 years and older

Administration Time Long: 15 to 20 minutes
Short: 10 minutes

Administration Type Self-report

Qualification Level B

  • Handscored