Social Cognition and Object Relations Scale-Global Rating Method


The Social Cognition and Object Relations Scale-Global Rating Method (SCORS-G; Westen, 1995; Stein and Slavin-Mulford, 2018) is a clinician-rated measure that can be used to code narrative material. It is comprised of eight dimensions, which are scored using a seven-point Likert scale, where lower scores are indicative of more pathological aspects of object representations and higher scores are suggestive of more mature and adaptive functioning.  The measure can be applied to an array of data sources and assesses underlying psychological processes that are less within one’s conscious awareness, and, as such, more challenging to assess via self-report.  Globally, the SCORS-G integrates clinically based object relations theories with experimentally generated theories in cognitive science, particularly social cognition. To date, the SCORS-G has been primarily used in clinical research, though we (M. Stein and J. Slavin-Mulford) have introduced a number ways the SCORS-G has been used as more of a conceptual framework and applied clinically.