Reliability and Validity of a Computer-Based Version of the Social Performance Survey Schedule

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Kenneth U. Gutsch

Advisor Department



The purpose of this study was to determine if a measure of social skills, the Social Performance Survey Schedule (SPSS) could be administered and scored in a computer-based format. Additionally, the study was designed to investigate the reliability and validity of the new version. Subjects for the study consisted of 126 psychiatric inpatients at a Veterans Administration Medical Center. A program was written that would provide instructions for use of the computer, test directions, individual test items and response choices, and scoring for the total test and subscales. Results indicated that the new computer-based version was temporally stable and internally consistent. Evidence was found for construct validity. The results strongly indicated equivalency between computer-based and pencil and paper versions of the SPSS.