An Introduction to Psychological Tests and Scales

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Medical - 172 pages
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In its first edition this book successfully enabled readers, with little or no prior knowledge of computing or statistics, to develop reliable and valid tests and scales for assessment or research purposes. In this edition, the author has thoroughly updated the text to include new recent advances in computer software and provide information on relevant internet resources. The book contains detailed guidelines for locating and constructing psychological measures, including descriptions of popular psychological measures and step-by-step instructions for composing a measure, entering data and computing reliability and validity of test results. Advanced techniques such as factor analysis, analysis of covariance and multiple regression analysis are presented for the beginner.
An Introduction to Psychological Tests and Scalesprovides a clear, concise and jargon-free primer for all those embarking in fieldwork or research analysis. It will be an invaluable tool for undergraduates and postgraduates in psychology and a useful text for students and professionals in related disciplines.
 

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Contents

A guide to finding and using existing tests and scales
21
Writing
30
Testing
42
Data and preliminary analysis
53
The final scale and its validation
68
APPENDICES
77
Appendix to Chapter 2
86
Appendix to Chapter 4
114
Reliability
119
Appendix to Chapter 6
143
Bibliography
155
Useful web sites
163
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About the author (2001)

Kate Loewenthal is Professor of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has published numerous articles and spoken at international conferences on her research areas of the impact of religious and cultural factors on mental health, and of family size in relation to well-being. Her research has also earned her funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, the Leverhulme Trust and the Nuffield Foundation. She serves on the editorial board of several journals concerned with the psychological aspects of religion, and is an editor of Mental Health, Religion and Culture.

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