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METHODOLOGY

Communicability, sociability, assertiveness, tolerance assessment test
Authors: Dr. V. Russinova, Associate Professor, S. Jiliova, expert

The test is used to assess the personality characteristics communicabilty, sociability, assertiveness, tolerance, which are important to the good execution of many professional activities. The methodology may be used for staff selection, evaluation and personal profiling. It consists of 33 statements, rated on a 4-grade scale. The training is about 2 hours, depending on the professional background of the trainees.

Energy, activity and performance levels assessment test
Authors: Dr. V. Russinova, Associate Professor, S. Jiliova, expert

The test consists of 16 statements, rated on a 4-grade scale, divided in two sub-scales: energy and activity and performance. The “energy and activity” subscale assesses the physical energy, activity level during performance of definite activity, alertness. The performance sub-scale assesses fatigue susceptibility, stress resistance, etc. The test is used for employee profiling, selection and evaluation. The training is about an hour and a half, depending on the professional background of the trainees.

Adaptability and stress resistance assessment test
Authors: Dr. V. Russinova, Associate Professor, S. Jiliova, expert

The test consists of 19 statements, rated on a 4-grade scale, divided in two sub-scales: adaptability and stress resistance. The adaptability, being relatively stable personality feature, includes flexibility, easy adaptation to people and new circumstances, fast assimilation of rules and norms. The stress resistance means being able to remain calm and to deal with problems and difficult situations. The test is used for employee profiling, selection and evaluation. The training is about an hour and a half, depending on the professional background of the trainees.

Work motivation assessment questionnaire
Author: Dr. V. Russinova, Associate Professor

The test consists of 18 statements, rated on a 4-grade scale. The statements concern various features of work activity, which affect the individual’s choice of new job. It takes into consideration the importance of the job specifics, payment, security, opportunities for career development, etc. The questionnaire makes possible the assessment of the role of each feature in the choices the individual makes. The training is about an hour and a half, depending on the professional background of the trainees.

Pedantry assessment test
Authors: Dr. V. Russinova, Associate Professor, S. Jiliova, expert

The test helps assess the pedantry as a relatively stable personality feature. Pedantry means focus on detail, preciseness, consistency, strict implementation of the rules, etc. The test consists of 16 statements, rated on a 4-grade scale. The test is used for personality profiling in the process of employee selection and assessment. The training is about an hour, depending on the professional background of the trainees.

Job contents and organization assessment questionnaire
Authors: Dr. V. Russinova, Associate Professor, Plamen Petrov, S. Jiliova

The questionnaire contains 86 statements, which may be rated on a 5-grade scale, and features high reliability degree. This methodology is used to analyse: job contents; planning, control and organization; how information is conveyed; the motivation and payment system; the workplace environment; the relationships; the management style as well as the opportunities for career development and increasing employee qualification. The questionnaire complies with the European standards and it may be used in the analysis of the real situation in different types of work organizations. The training is about 3 hours, depending on the professional background of the trainees.

Questionnaire for job satisfaction assessment
Authors: Dr. V. Russinova, Associate Professor, Plamen Petrov, S. Jiliova

The questionnaire contains 54 statements, which may be rated on a 4-grade scale. It features high reliability degree. It is used for assessment of the job satisfaction as a whole as well of the satisfaction with different aspects of the job, including control, planning, information, the stimulus and payment packages, the opportunities for qualification improvement, the security and the environment of the workplace, the relationships in the company and the management style. The results from the questionnaire allow for the identification of weaknesses in the work organization and for the adoption of measures for improvement. The training is about 2 hours, depending on the professional background of the trainees.

Perceived stress assessment test based on the Cohen, Kamarck, Mermelstein scale
Modified and adapted by Dr. G. Karastoyanov, Associate Professor,
Dr. A. Russinova-Christova, Associate Professor

The questionnaire measures the degree in which the studied individuals evaluate life events as stressful. It consists of two parts: PS-1, measures the degree in which individuals find their life in the last month unpredictable, uncontrollable and overloaded. It is assumed that the results of this methodology reflect the perceived stress levels over a period of four to eight weeks. The second part, PS-2, is focused on assessment of the same parameters, applied to a specific stressful life event. PS-1 includes 7 items with positive formulation and 7 – with negative, with their replies presented in a 5-grade scale. PS-2 consists of four questions, with which the studied individuals describe a specific stressful life event, and afterwards fill in psychological questionnaire regarding the perceived stress degree during the described event. The training is about 2 hours, depending on the professional background of the trainees.

Preferred stress coping strategies assessment questionnaire based on Carver, Scheier and Weintraub
Adapted by Dr. G. Karastoyanov, Associate Professor,
Dr. A. Russinova-Christova, Associate Professor

The questionnaire assesses different strategies the people use to cope with stress. It includes 14 scales, each of which consists of four items: active coping, planning, suppression of competing activities, restraint coping, seeking of instrumental support, seeking of emotional support, positive reinterpretation and development, denial and rejection, acceptance, turning to religion, focus on emotions and their venting, behavioral disengagement, mental disengagement, use of narcotics or alcohol. There is a second version of the questionnaire, restructured in such a way that the studied individuals describe what they felt or did in a specific stressful situation. The training is about 2 hours, depending on the professional background of the trainees.

Content and dimensional value structure assessment method based on Schwartz and Bilsky
Adapted for use in Bulgaria by Dr. K. Baichinska, Associate Professor

The method is applied to measure the assessment of 10 value categories: power, achievement, hedonism, stimulation, self-direction, benevolence, tradition, conformity, universalism, security, and spirituality, and of two bipolar dimensions – self transcendence / self enhancement and conservation / openness to change, which characterize the basal human motivation at individual level. It also makes possible the comparison of a given culture values with the values of other cultures or cultural regions. Seven categories are used as a foundation for comparison: conservatism, autonomy, hierarchy, mastery, harmony and egalitarism, combined with three bipolar dimensions, which characterize the cultural level of the value system. The method was used in the biggest cross-cultural study of the value system during the 90s in which Bulgaria participated as well. The data on the the value system of the Bulgarians and the Bulgarian culture, collected in 1995, may be used for studying the value system dynamics. The training is about 3 hours, depending on the professional background of the trainees.

Questionnaire for objective assessment of the psychosocial identity based on Adams et al.
Bulgarian adaptation – Dr. K. Baichinska, Associate Professor,
Dr. M. Steffanova, Associate Professor

The questionnaire is based on the conceptual framework of E. Ericson and G. Marcia assuming the existence of 4 stages of psychosocial identity: achievement, foreclosure, moratorium and diffusion. It is adapted for use in the Bulgarian environment and features good constructive and predicative validity. The tool reliability has also been confirmed. The time it takes to respond the questions is between 20 and 30 minutes. It allows tracking both the individual changes in the process of building one’s psychosocial identity, and the inter-individual differences between different age, gender and ethnic groups or groups, determined based on other criteria. The method can also be utilized by school psychologists and pedagogical advisors to compare groups with deviating and normal behaviour as well as for other research objectives. The training is about 3 hours, depending on the professional background of the trainees.

Complex system for selection and assessment of managers
Developed by Dimitar Shetinski, Associate Professor

The complex assessment is geared towards staff and managers. It consists of 6 elements. It continues about 3 hours.

Questionnaire for the assessment of the decision-making style based on Franken
The Bulgarian version was developed by Dr. R. Bozhinova, Associate Professor,
Dr. S. Vassileva, Research Associate and T. Pavlov, Research Associate

The method assesses the decision making style with regards to proactivity / decisiveness and individual responsibility. The questionnaire contains two scales: one focused on individual differentiation in terms of proactivity/ decisiveness, and one focused on the selection of individuals preferring the freedom of choice and the personal responsibility. It contains 44 items and is used in employee profiling in the process of managerial staff selection. The training is about 2 hours, depending on the professional background of the trainees.

Tests for revealing the decision-making strategies based on Kagan
Bulgarian adaptation by Dr. R. Bozhinova, Associate Professor

This test identifies the cognitive style impulsivity / reflection as individual feature, actively involved in the process of choosing an alternative. The type if the preferred decision making strategy is determined based on this grounds in relation with: a) continuous and precise appraisal of the decisions made; b) fast and spontenious decision-making and multiple consequent correction of the choices made. It is used for individual profiling and in the process of selecting staff for specific activities (i.e. operators). The training is about 2 hours, depending on the professional background of the trainees.

Questionnaire for the assessment of the attitudes to media reflected violence
Author: Dr. R. Bozhinova, Associate Professor

The method is used to assess the individual attitudes towards media coverage of violence in three basic aspects – cognitive, affective and behavioural. It contains 36 items and that need to be rated on a 5-grade scale. It treats individual attitudes towards the perception of information, films, programs, etc., broadcasted by various media. The training is about 2 hours, depending on the professional background of the trainees.

Questionnaire for diagnostics of depressive symptoms by Zimmerman et al.
Adapted for use in Bulgaria by Dr. M. Rasheva, Associate Professor

The method is used for studying and evaluation of depressive disorders based on DSM. It consists of 22 items, which reflect depression symptoms, marking disorders in the emotional, motivational, cognitive and somatic sphere. The statements are arranged by symptom severity in increasing order. The respond assessment is done on a 5-grade scale with absence of the symptom marked with 0 and symptom presence in most severe form rated with 4. The total score is formed by summing the marks of all the items. According to the result the individuals are profiled as non-depressed; mildly depressed; moderately depressed and severely depressed. The training is about 1 hour, depending on the professional background of the trainees.

CF-2A test for measuring fluid intelligence based on R. B. Ketel
Standardized by Dr. E. Paspalanova, Associate Professor, D. Shtetinski, Associate Professor

The test is used to measure nonverbal intelligence of people aged 10 to 60. It consists of 44 problems, grouped in 4 sub-scales. National norms were set. It is used for psychological diagnostics, professional orientation and selection in psychological practice. The B version is in the process of adaptation and standardization. The training is about 3 hours, depending on the professional background of the trainees.

Creative thinking tests of Torrance, verbal and figural A and B form
Standardized by Dr. K. Stoycheva, Associate Professor

This test is used for creative thinking ability assessment. Bulgarian norms were established on answer originality base on the responds of representative sample of 1st to 11th grade students. It is used for scientific research objective. The training is about 4 hours plus exercises, depending on the professional background of the trainees.

Questionnaire for personality assessment based on H. Eysenck (EPQ).
Bulgarian adaptation by Dr. Iv. Paspalanov, Associate Professor, D. Shtetinski, Associate Professor

The questionnaire is used to assess basic personality features: extraversion – introversion, neurotism, psychotism. National norms were laid out, differentiated by gender. It is utilized mostly for psycho diagnostic and counselling purposes in the psychology practice. The training is about 3 hours, depending on the professional background of the trainees.

Questionnaire for the assessment of tolerance to ambiguity based on R. Norton’s scale
Bulgarian adaptation by Dr. K. Stoycheva, Associate Professor, D. Shtetinski,
Associate Professor, R. Badjekova

The questionnaire is used to asses the individual differences in the perception, interpretation and reaction to ambiguous situations. Bulgarian norms were laid out for the 15-25 age range. It is used in scientific research and in practice. The training is about 1 hour, depending on the professional background of the trainees.

Bulgarian individualism / collectivism scale
Authors: Dr. E. Guerganov, Professor, Dr. M. Dilova, Associate Professor,
Dr. E. Paspalanova, Associate Professor, Dr. K. Petkova, Associate Professor

The scale is used for measurement of the individualistic / collectivistic value orientation. It is based on choosing a word from a word pair based on individual preference. The training is about 3 hours, depending on the professional background of the trainees.

Complex methodology for managerial staff selection and assessment
(Assessment Center)
Authors: Dr. V. Russinova, Associate Professor, Dr. L. Vassileva,
Associate Professor, S. Jiliova, expert

The methodology consists of two parts. Firstly it studies the criteria essential for the successful execution of the professional activities in the specific organization. The system of methods for psychological assessment of behaviour is drafted based on the established criteria. The second part includes the study of the company’s managerial staff. Interviews, tests, simulations of critical and usual situations, self-assessment methods and expert opinions are used. As a result, the managers’ and manager teams’ strengths and weaknesses are established for performance assessment and improvement purposes. The training cost depends on the number of the individuals to be assessed (should be at least 8 people) and the number of trainees (maximum 3 people). Additional negotiation is required. The training in the whole procedure continues about 2 months, with more than 10 methodologies presented. The methodology is reliable and with potiential to be included in future as obligatory in the organization managerial staff assessment.

Keirsey’s questionnaire for assessment of the temperament
( The Keirsey Temperament Sorter).
Adapted for use in Bulgaria by Dr. George Karastoyanov, Associate Professor, Dr. Eliana Pancheva, Associate Professor and Dimitar Dimitrov, Assistant Professor

Based on the Jung and Briggs – Myers personality type model, David Keirsey creates descriptive personality system, similar to the four classic temperament types. Each temperament type is characterized by four pairs of dimensions of difference. These combine Intuition (N) with the two appraisal functions Thinking (T) and Feeling (F) and of Sensation (S) with the two orientations towards the outside world Judging and Perceiving (P). Thus four types of temperament are determined: NF, NT, SJ and SP. Each of these includes four psychological patterns, corresponding to the 16 psychological types, assessed by the Briggs - Myers personality questionnaire (МВТІ). The questionnaire includes 70 forced-choice statements. It is successfully implemented in the sphere of family, school and professional counselling. The training lasts 4 hours and may be individual or group. In the end the trainees are given the questionnaire along with user guigelina.