THE AIM IDENTITY MATURATION ASSESSMENT
The IMf is a projective assessment comprising sentence stems that a participant completes using free text. There are 15 sentence stems to work with that use a range of existential, organisational and developmental angles to illuminate the inner world and frame of reference of the client. There are no right or wrong answers for this kind of assessment, so clients need not prepare in advance.
Research has shown that self-reported measures of maturity, integration and stage are plagued by inaccurate estimations and skewed notions of our own development. Sentence completion is by far the most time- and cost-effective approach to measuring stage of development and it offers much more accurate results than other assessments.
The answers are marked by two human raters and our state-of-the-art machine learning algorithm. The raters are trained experienced psychometrists, therapists and teachers of adult development. They make use of a reference resource (the Sentence Completion Guide, or SCG) that tracks sentences across stages in a rigorous manner and there are strict protocols in place that govern resolution of disagreement between raters. The SCG is based on a similar manual for the Washington University Sentence Completion Test (WUSCT) and for the STAGES model (Loevinger, 1985; Murray, 2017) as well as the extensive body of research in this field (see Cook-Greuter, (2008); Loevinger, Carlson, Westenberg, & Lasker, (1977); Pfaffenberger, Marko, & Combs, (2011)). The SCG also informed the development of the marking algorithm that is continuing to evolve as technology and the size of the dataset expands. The reliability and validity report is available for review and is updated annually.