(PORT) The Perception-of-Relationships Test

Measures How Close a Child Feels to Each Parent, and the Postive and Negative Impacts of Each Relationship

Barry Bricklin, Ph.D.

Data-Based. Measures How Close a Child Feels to Each Parent, and the Postive and Negative Impacts of Each Relationship. Age 3 Years, 2 Months and Up.

The TEST

Like its companion test, the Bricklin Perceptual Scales (BPS), the PORT is a data-based projective test, where the data base has been developed specifically to assist informed custody decision making.
Example: “If you had to memorize a long, boring poem for school, how well would Mom do at being patient enough to help you learn this?” (Some examiners like to record the child’s verbal response.)

The Perception-of-Relationships Test (PORT), is made up of seven tasks (mostly drawings) that measure the degree to which a child seeks to be psychologically “close” to each parent, and the strengths and weaknesses developed as a result of interacting with each parent.

Specifically, the PORT measures:

  1. the degree to which a child seeks psychological “closeness” (positive interactions with) each parent; and
  2.  the types of action tendencies (dispositions to behave in certain ways e.g., assertively, passively, aggressively, fearfully, etc.) – adaptive as well as maladaptive – the child has had to develop to permit or accommodate interaction with each parent.

It is particularly useful in custody decision making because it sheds light on the degree to which a child actually seeks interaction with a given parent, and reflects the degree to which he or she has been able to work out a comfortable, conflict-free style of relating to each parent.

The Main Strengths of the PORT

  1. It can be used with children as young as 3 years, 2 months of age. Appendix IV of the PORT Handbook not only illustrates PORT responses of children in that age-range, but also some examples gathered from children as young as 2 years old.
  2. Its intentions are extremely well disguised, making it particularly helpful where children have been exposed to bribery and loyalty conflicts.
  3. It is exceedingly sensitive to the dynamics of parent-child relationships, and has been used with great accuracy to detect physical and sexual abuse.
  4. A rich assortment of clinical data is given in the PORT handbook which makes it possible to learn a great deal about how the child has profited from, or been weakened by, his or her relationship with each parent. These data are useful in many clinical situations, in addition to the custody field.

Administration & Scoring

One spiral-bound booklet contains everything necessary to ADMINISTER, RECORD and SCORE the PORT.
The booklet has been designed to provide a permanent record of each PORT that is administered. A separate PORT BOOKLET is used with each child.

The PORT BOOKLET utilizes 3 different colored pages. White pages contain the test stimuli to which the child responds. Blue pages contain administration and scoring directions. Green pages are used to block the child’s view of the blue pages. After the test is administered, the green pages are removed. This brings together the child’s answers with the scoring directions; everything needed to score the PORT will now be visible and handy.

Time for administration and scoring: about 30 minutes, total.

Reliability and Validity


An early study showed an 89 percent agreement rate between courtroom judges and the PORT in choosing optimal primary caretaking parents. Current studies show increases in this number to the 90 to 95 percent range (due to great refinement in the scoring scheme.)

The validation process for the PORT has been going on for more than 25 years. Two chapters in the PORT HANDBOOK are devoted to an in-depth summary of the PORT’s validity and reliability data.

PORT COMPUTER SCORING PROFILE

PORT COMPUTER SCORING PROFILE (Unlimited Use) (PORT-CSP) VP102-CSP

6 page visual interpretation with all of the 7 tasks summarized and consolidated test results. For all Windows operating systems except Windows 7.

First published in 1989, the PORT has been administered over 150,000 times, helping nationwide with custody decisions.



CLICK HERE TO SEE SAMPLE CSP- PORT TEST SUMMARY

PERCEPTION-OF-RELATIONSHIP TEST (PORT) VP102

Contains: Updated PORT Handbook, 8 PORT Test/Scoring Booklets, 1 PORT Pen, PORT Eraser, Updates, Author Contact Number, 3 Years Update Service, Newest Validity Report.

Perception-Of-Relationship Test Kit (VP102): $289


Additional PORT Test/Scoring Booklets:

10 for $159
20 for $219
30 for $289 

SCORED ON YOUR COMPUTER (PORT-CSP) USING CD ROM

PORT Computer Scoring Profile (CSP) Compatible with all Windows except Windows 7. Provides 6 pages, scoring and presentation of results using graphs, pie charts, etc. Unlimited uses. Saves.

PORT-CSP CD ROM: $289


SCORED BY VILLAGE PUBLISHING and Faxed to you

PORT Computer Scoring Profile (CSP)
6 pages, scoring and presentation of results using graphs, pie charts, etc. Scored by Village Publishing, faxed to you within two days. Faster if necessary. 

VP Scores (PORT-CSP) For You: $289

PORT Handbook: $179

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