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Demographic Questionnaire. Each clinician was also asked to complete a brief questionnaire that gathered basic demographic information as well information about training, experience, direct clinical contact hours, and theoretical orientation. Additionally, they were asked to rate their level of familiarity with both the DSM and FFM as “not at all familiar,” “vaguely familiar,” “average level of familiarity,” “moderately familiar,” or “very familiar.”

Results

Demographics

Fifteen hundred psychologists were randomly sampled from APA Division 42 (private practitioners) and solicited via postal mail. One hundred and eighty-two of the envelopes were returned unopened by the postal service, leaving 1318 that probably reached their intended recipient. From that number, 256 psychologists returned the survey, yielding a 19.4% response rate, which compares well with similar samples of the same population (25% from Samuel & Widiger, 2004; 18.5% from Sprock, 2003). Eleven participants were later eliminated because of incomplete data, leaving 245 usable responses. The number of raters per case was 73 for Ted, 78 for Madeline, and 94 for Earnst. The sample was predominantly male (64.6%) and Caucasian (96.7%). All respondents were doctoral level psychologists, with 88.2% listing their highest degree as Ph.D. and 8.9% as Psy.D. Seventy-five percent listed their sub-field as clinical psychology, while 13.5% were in the sub-field of counseling psychology and an additional 11.5% described their sub-field as “other” (e.g., forensic or family). The clinical experience of the participants ranged from a low of 6 years to a high of 54, with a mean of 26 years since earning their degree. Additionally, the majority were full time clinicians, spending an average of

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