The RSMP to Assess all 16 Basic Desires
I am pleased to announce we are expanding the Reiss School Motivation
Profile® (RSMP) to assess all 16 basic desires including Beauty, Eating,
and Saving. When Professor Steven Reiss developed the school
version of the RMP years ago, he eliminated these scales based on two
considerations: (1) He wanted to shorten the test for students, and (2)
he believed the assessment of these three desires had little relevance
for understanding academic underachievement.
While school psychologists continue to use the tool to evaluate possible
motivational reasons for poor school performance, the RSMP also has
been adopted by school counselors to help students with college and
career decisions. Based on feedback from these counselors
about the potential relevance of the missing scales for future planning,
we decided to update the RSMP to include all 16 basic desires.
The changeover will take place at 9:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday, September 8th. Students
who access the online questionnaire on or after that time will answer
128 questions instead of 104, and the reports that are generated will
include scores and interpretations for all 16 basic desires.
In addition to writing new interpretations for the Beauty, Eating, and
Saving scales, I updated the interpretations for the other
scales. Each interpretation now begins with Professor Reiss’s
scientific definition for the basic desire. The
interpretations also have been reorganized and expanded to include more
Click here to read the updated interpretation for a strong need for Acceptance.
We believe the expansion of the RSMP from 13 to 16 basic desires will
increase the usefulness of the tool for school professionals and for the
students they serve. We hope you agree.
Maggi M. Reiss, School Psychologist
President, IDS Publishing Corporation