The BASIS-A Inventory, available as a paper and pencil or computer-based inventory,
provides an explanation of current psychological functioning based on early childhood
memories. The purpose of the BASIS-A is to help understand how an individual's beliefs
developed in early childhood contribute to one's problem solving strategies and effectiveness
in social, work, and intimate relationships.
The instrument is based on the concept that as a child grows, he or she develops a unique
plan to create a sense of belonging in the world. This plan, or interpersonal style, is developed
in the context of our first social group, the family, and remains relatively stable throughout our lives.
The instrument has been developed and applied for over 24 years. During this time there have been
validity studies relating it to many other tests, such as the MMPI, 16PF, Myers-Briggs, MCMI-II, SASSI-2,
SCL-90-R, Bass Leadership Questionnaire, Dyadic Adjustment Scale, Beck Depression Inventory, and the
Coping Resource Inventory for Stress (CRIS). The BASIS-A Inventory provides a quick and easy way to
understand how an individual's personality attributes are used to solve life's problems. The paper and pencil
inventory takes approximately 25 minutes to administer and self-score the 65 items. The computer-based inventory
takes approximately 15 minutes to administer and score.
The BASIS-A Inventory measures five major themes or interpersonal styles: Belonging-Social Interest,
Going Along, Taking Charge, Wanting Recognition, and Being Cautious. Five additional supporting scales
referred to as HELPS scales are used to enhance the understanding of the major interpersonal styles.
The BASIS-A Inventory is useful in therapy, marriage counseling, vocational counseling, organizational
consultation/training or whenever it is helpful to understand individuals motivations, problem solving strategies,
leadership, management, and communication styles. Professionals may find it particularly useful to help individuals
understand the interplay of their personality attributes and problem solving strategies related to work, social,
and intimate relationships.
Many professionals have found that using the BASIS-A provides them with more reliable, valid, and
time efficient information and insights than other interview or assessment procedures they have tried.
In summary, the BASIS-A Inventory can make understanding people easier, faster, and more reliable.