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Tests and Psychological Measures

How to locate psychological tests and measurement instruments and find evaluative information about them

Where do I start?

Background Information: Gather background information before searching for a specific test or measure. 

  • Population, patient, or problem: What are the patient's or population's characteristics? (e.g., age, education level, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, inpatient/outpatient) What is the condition, behavior, or disease you are interested in? 
  • Intervention or exposure: What do you want to do with this patient? (e.g., treat, observe, diagnose) 
  • Who publishes the test?
  • How can you evaluate the test?
  • How do you get more information on a specific test?

Topic Development: Some find exploring the PsycTESTS Classification Codes for additional information helpful. Every record in APA PsycTests receives an APA PsycTests Classification, used to identify the general area of psychology the measure is designed to assess. 

NOTE: The APA PsycTests Classification System is not the same as the APA PsycInfo Classification System but was created using the same principles.

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