January 1973

Development of an Ego Profile Scale

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Boston (Drs. Semrad and Grinspoon), and the Department of Statistics and Mathematical Biology, University of Chicago (Dr. Fienberg). Dr. Fienberg is currently with the Department of Applied Statistics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1973;28(1):70-77. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1973.01750310050008

The development of a 45-item scale is reported that will measure ego function in such a way as to allow clinicians to correlate the given state of a person's functioning with somatic function indices. It is our hope that the development of such an instrument will allow more meaningful understanding of clinical states than do such concepts as diagnosis and symptom clusters, especially with regard to the schizophrenias as observed during states of regression and return to optimal functioning.

Others have been interested in this type of approach and their work demonstrates how much more advanced the somatic function indices are than those of psychological function. This scale is to be considered primarily a clinical one, not too complicated, admittedly imperfect, but designed to stimulate further thinking and investigation.