The Four-Item Mentalising Index (FIMI) is a valid, reliable, and practical way to assess mentalising: Reply to Murphy et al. (2022)

Rachel A Clutterbuck, Lucy A Livingston, Punit Shah

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Abstract

Murphy et al. (2022) raised concerns regarding the validity of the Four-Item Mentalising Index (FIMI). We wholeheartedly agree with Murphy et al. that there are problems in the social cognition literature hampering research. However, we maintain the FIMI is conceptually grounded in empirical and theoretical research, and that concerns regarding its construct validity are overstated. Drawing on recent research, we also discuss issues concerning the interpretation of discriminant validity analyses and discuss approaches to improve objectivity in future research. Overall, we argue that the FIMI is a conceptually and psychometrically sound measure, which has utility in future social cognition research and clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-408
Number of pages4
JournalPsychological Assessment
Volume34
Issue number4
Early online date12 Apr 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2022

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Empathy
  • Mentalising
  • Self-report
  • Theory of mind

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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