Social Problem Solving Inventory Revised (SPSI-R)

The Social Problem Solving Inventory-Revised (SPSI-R) is published and sold by MHS Assesments (it is also distributed by Pearson). It contains 5 scales to measure different dimensions of social problem solving: Positive Problem Orientation, Negative Problem Orientation, Rational Problem Solving, Impulsivity/Carelessness Style, and Avoidance Style. It is an individual assessment with Likert-style responses appropriate for ages 13-18.


Relationship Skills

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

8th Grade,
9th Grade,
10th Grade,
11th Grade,
12th Grade

Administration Information

10-20 Minutes

MHS Assessments User Level B required for purchase


Access and Use


$198.00 for complete pack of 25 long + 25 short forms and technical manual,

$67.00 for 25 long forms or 25 short forms,

$90.00 for technical manual

Open Access
Use in Research

Clarke, A. Y., Cullen, A. E., Walwyn, R., & Fahy, T. (2010). A quasi-experimental pilot study of the Reasoning and Rehabilitation programme with mentally disordered offenders. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 21(4), 490-500.

Fowler, N. R., Hansen, A. S., Barnato, A. E., & Garand, L. (2013). Association between anticipatory grief and problem solving among family caregivers of persons with cognitive impairment. Journal of Aging and Health, 25(3), 493-509.

McGee, C. L., Fryer, S. L., Bjorkquist, O. A., Mattson, S. N., & Riley, E. P. (2008). Deficits in social problem solving in adolescents with prenatal exposure to alcohol. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 34(4), 423-431.

Sahler, O. J. Z., Dolgin, M. J., Phipps, S., Fairclough, D. L., Askins, M. A., Katz, E. R., ... & Butler, R. W. (2013). Specificity of problem-solving skills training in mothers of children newly diagnosed with cancer: Results of a multisite randomized clinical trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 31(10), 1329.

Willems, R. A., Bolman, C. A., Mesters, I., Kanera, I. M., Beaulen, A. A., & Lechner, L. (2016). Cancer survivors in the first year after treatment: the prevalence and correlates of unmet needs in different domains. Psycho‐oncology25(1), 51-57.


Manual scoring
Psychometric References

D’Zurilla, T. J., Nezu, A. M., & Maydeu-Olivares, A. (2002). Social problem-solving inventory-revised. 

Hawkins, D., Sofronoff, K., & Sheffield, J. (2008). Psychometric properties of the Social Problem Solving Inventory-Revised Short-Form: Is the short form a valid and reliable measure for young adults? Cognitive Therapy and Research, 33(5), 462–470.

Maydeu-Olivares, A., Rodrı́guez-Fornells, A., Gómez-Benito, J., & D'Zurilla, T. J. (2000). Psychometric properties of the Spanish adaptation of the Social Problem-Solving Inventory-Revised (SPSI-R). Personality and Individual Differences, 29(4), 699-708.

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