Like its companion test,
the Bricklin Perceptual Scales (BPS), the PORT is a data-based projective
test, where the data base has been developed specifically to assist informed
custody decision making.
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
1. the degree to which
a child seeks psychological "closeness" (positive interactions with)
each parent; and
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.
It is particularly useful
in custody decision making because it sheds light on the degree to which
a child actually seeks interaction with a given parent, and reflects the
degree to which he or she has been able to work out a comfortable, conflict-free
style of relating to each parent.
The Main Strengths of the PORT
- It can be used with children as young as 3 years, 2 months of age. Appendix IV of the
PORT Handbook not only illustrates PORT responses of children in that
age-range, but also some examples gathered from children as young
as 2 years old.
- Its intentions
are extremely well disguised, making it particularly helpful where children
have been exposed to bribery and loyalty conflicts.
- It is exceedingly
sensitive to the dynamics of parent-child relationships, and has been
used with great accuracy to detect physical and sexual abuse.
- 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
Administration & Scoring
One spiral-bound booklet
contains everything necessary to ADMINISTER, RECORD and SCORE the
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.
An early study showed an
89 percent agreement rate between courtroom judges and the PORT in choosing
optimal primary caretaking parents. Current studies show increases in
this number to the 90 to 95 percent range (due to great refinement in
the scoring scheme.)
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.
||PORT COMPUTER SCORING PROFILE (Unlimited Use) (PORT-CSP) VP102-CSP
6 page visual interpretation with all of the 7 tasks summarized and consolidated
test results. For all Windows operating systems except Windows 7.
published in 1989, the PORT has been administered over 150,000 times,
helping nationwide with custody decisions.
PERCEPTION-OF-RELATIONSHIP TEST (PORT) VP102
Contains: Updated PORT Handbook, 8 PORT Test/Scoring Booklets, 1 PORT Pen, PORT Eraser, Updates, Author Contact Number, 3 Years Update Service, Newest Validity Report.
- Perception-Of-Relationship Test Kit (VP102): $289
- Additional PORT Test/Scoring Booklets:
- 10 for $159
- 20 for $219
- 30 for $289
SCORED ON YOUR COMPUTER USING CD ROM CSP
- PORT Computer Scoring Profile (CSP) Compatible with all Windows except Windows 7. Provides 6 pages, scoring and presentation of results using graphs, pie charts, etc. Unlimited uses. Saves.
CLICK HERE TO SEE SAMPLE CSP
SCORED BY VILLAGE PUBLISHING and Faxed to you.
- PORT Computer Scoring Profile (CSP) 6 pages, scoring and presentation of results using graphs, pie charts, etc. Scored by Village Publishing, faxed to you within two days. Faster if necessary.
- Unlimited administrations $289