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About this Guide
This guide includes and describes resources for finding tests and instruments and for finding information about them. Finding this information can take a little digging. Please contact the library if you need help navigating the databases and journal articles!
Books that include tests
Measures for Clinical Practice by
Call Number: BF176 .C66 2000
Publication Date: 2000-06-01
In 2 volumes, includes more than 400"rapid assessment instruments" (RAIs), including many questionnaires and scales, which assess virtually any problem commonly encountered in clinical practice. They include new scales and materials in areas such as assessment in culturally diverse populations and measurement in managed care systems, as well as the best instruments updated from the previous editions.
Measures of Personality and Social Psychological Attitudes by
Call Number: BF698.4 .M38 1990
Publication Date: 1990-12-01
150 measures of attitude and personality are reviewed by subject experts and arranged within 11 chapters: Response Bias, Well-Being, Self-Esteem, Anxiety, Depression, Alienation, Trust, Locus of Control, Authoritarianism, Sex Roles, and Values. Each chapter has a research overview, information about general measurement development for the topic, and the selected measures, presented chronologically. Each entry contains: Test Title, Test Author and Publication Date, Variable, Description, Sample(s), Reliability, Validity, Location (where the measure has been published), and Results and Comments. Scale items/scoring instructions included if allowed by the copyright holder. No indexes
Sourcebook of Adult Assessment Strategies by
Call Number: RC473.P78 S38 1995
Publication Date: 1995-08-31
This sourcebook contains more than 70 widely used scales for measuring psychopathology. Adult functioning measures are presented by broad diagnostic categories (e.g., Mood Disorders or Anxiety Disorders) derived from and paralleling the structure of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).
Information about each scale includes sections on purpose and development, administration and scoring, sample and cutoff scores, reliability, validity, and the actual scale items.
A list of references follows each chapter. Test Title/Subject Index
Positive Psychological Assessment by
Call Number: BF176 .P67 2003
Publication Date: 2003-03-15
This volume is a primer for practitioners and researchers striving to incorporate assessment of human strengths, resources, and fulfillments into their work. Contributors aptly examine the scientific underpinnings and practical applications of measures of hope, optimism, self-efficacy, problem-solving, locus of control, creativity, wisdom, courage, positive emotion, self-esteem, love, emotional intelligence, empathy, attachment, forgiveness, humor, gratitude, faith, morality, coping, well-being, and quality of life. Vocational and multicultural applications of positive psychological assessment are also discussed, as is the measurement of contextual variables that may facilitate the development or enhancement of human strength. The variety of perspectives offered will be immensely helpful to readers who wish to incorporate balance into their assessments and research through the integration of theoretically grounded positive measures.
Databases with information about instruments
Mental Measurements with Tests in Print
The gold standard in guides to instruments and surveys, MMY/TIP includes information about over 2,700 published contemporary testing instruments. Covers the areas of psychology, education, business, and leadership.
Note: does NOT include actual tests or questions questions...lists reviews, article citations, validity and reliability information, publisher contact and cost info.
The newest electronic source of information about test & Instruments, PsycTests includes descriptive summaries, full text, and relevant citations. Validity and reliability information.
Note: in many cases, the ACTUAL TEST QUESTIONS ARE INCLUDED.
An important source for scholarly articles offering reviews of test, validity & reliability information, and empirical research using specific test.
Note: RARELY INCLUDES ACTUAL INSTRUMENT or test questions
For more information about searching PsycINFO for tests, see box below.
Dissertations and Theses
MANY dissertations INCLUDE THE SURVEY INSTRUMENTused for the study in an appendix.
Search for a dissertation with a topic and method that resembles yours, and look at the appendices. If the instrument used was published or proprietary, the student would probably not be allowed to include the actual questions by the publisher or author.
Tests availabe in GSEP office, 5th floor
the Graduate Psychology department maintains nearly 100 published tests and instruments for use by Pepperdine graduate students. To inquire about the tests and appropriate uses, call the West LA Testing Desk at 310-568-562, or email graduate assistants that staff the desk at: email@example.com.
APA Information on tests & Instruments
This website provides the American Psychological Association's explanations and definitions about published and unpublished tests and offers a list of steps for researchers to follow in obtaining permission for the use of unpublished tests.
Resources for finding informaton about tests (reviews and applications) are also included.
FAQ/Finding Information About Psychological Tests
This website is divided into the following sections:
Section 1: Published Psychological Tests
Section 2: Unpublished Psychological Tests and Measures
Section 3: A Final Word and Responsibilities of Test Users
Validity and Reliability
A very brief definition of Validity and Reliability.
Validity: How well an instrument measures what it is designed to measure.
Reliability: How well it measures when used repeatedly.