The Main Strengths of the PORT
Administration & Scoring
Reliability and Validity
PORT Computer Scoring Profile
PORT Comprehensive Starting Kit
The Perception-of-Relationships Test (PORT), is made up of seven tasks (mostly drawings) that measure the degree to which a child seeks to be psychologically "close" to each parent, and the strengths and weaknesses developed as a result of interacting with each parent.
Specifically, the PORT measures:
2. the types of action tendencies (dispositions to behave in certain ways e.g., assertively, passively, aggressively, fearfully, etc.) - adaptive as well as maladaptive - the child has had to develop to permit or accommodate interaction with each parent.
3. It is exceedingly sensitive to the dynamics of parent-child relationships, and has been used with great accuracy to detect physical and sexual abuse.
4. A rich assortment of clinical data is given in the PORT handbook which makes it possible to learn a great deal about how the child has profited from, or been weakened by, his or her relationship with each parent. These data are useful in many clinical situations, in addition to the custody field.
The booklet has been designed to provide a permanent record of each PORT that is administered. A separate PORT BOOKLET is used with each child.
The PORT BOOKLET utilizes 3 different colored pages. White pages contain the test stimuli to which the child responds. Blue pages contain administration and scoring directions. Green pages are used to block the child's view of the blue pages. After the test is administered, the green pages are removed. This brings together the child's answers with the scoring directions; everything needed to score the PORT will now be visible and handy.
Time for administration and scoring: about 30 minutes, total.
The validation process for the PORT has been going on for more than 25 years. Two chapters in the PORT HANDBOOK are devoted to an in-depth summary of the PORT's validity and reliability data.
COMPUTER SCORING PROFILE (unlimited
6 page visual interpretation with all of the 7 tasks summarized and consolidated test results. For Windows.
(Includes Test/Scoring Booklets, Port Pen, Eraser, Updates)
published in 1989, the PORT has been administered over 150,000 times,
helping nationwide with custody decisions.