Журнал психологии и психотерапии

Журнал психологии и психотерапии
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ISSN: 2161-0487


The Beliefs about Psychological Problems Inventory (BAPPI): Development And Validity-Based Studies

Paulo Moraira

The clients’ belief systems are components of Effective Therapy Relationships. Thus, it is desirable to include clients’ beliefs about their psychological problems on systematic assessment protocols underlying the process of systematic treatment selection and of tailoring the treatment to the person. However, assessment instruments which specifically capture clients’ beliefs about their psychological problems are scarce. The objective of the studies presented was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Beliefs About Psychological Problems Inventory (BAPPI), an assessment instrument of the clients’ beliefs about their psychological problems. Study 1 (Exploratory Factor Analysis) involved 200 individuals, and Study 2 (Confirmatory Factor Analysis and other validity studies), involved 545 individuals. Results revealed that the BAPPI presents a stable factorial structure of six dimensions (Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Biomedical, Cognitive-Behavioral, Systemic, and Eclectic/Integrative). Additionally, the instrument showed to be sensitive to capture differences in beliefs about psychological problems amongst groups of individuals of different ages and educational attainment.