Use of the Shipley Institute of Living Scale and the Raven's Standard Progressive Matrices with unemployed populations

Peter A. Creed, Karl Wiener

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Abstract

A total sample of 366 unemployed people completed general ability assessments. Three hundred and twenty nine completed the Shipley Institute of Living Scale (SILS). A cohort of 231 of this group also completed the Raven's Standard Progressive Matrices (SPM) (10-minute timed administration) on the same occasion; and a second cohort of 95 alsocompleted the SPM (20-minute timed administration) on the same occasion. Normative data are provided for the SILS and the SPM (10- and 20- minute administrations). Relationships between the SILS and SPM are examined. The unemployed sample did not differ frompopulation normative data on Total SILS scores, but scored lower on SILS Vocabulary, andhigher on SILS Abstraction scores. The unemployed sample performed poorer on SPM (10-minute administration) than the non-unemployed population normative data. No sexdifferences were identified. Older unemployed subjects performed better on SILSVocabulary, but scored more poorly on the SPM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Applied Health Behaviour
Publication statusPublished - 1999

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