The BASIS-A Inventory provides an explanation of current psychological functioning based on early childhood memories. The purpose of the BASIS-A is to help people 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.
With over 25 years of research and therapeutic use, the BASIS-A is a valid and reliable tool with 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 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.
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.