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Is My Test Valid? Guidelines for the Practicing Psychologist for Evaluating the Psychometric Properties of Measures
Simon Fraser University , Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
Department of Psychology , Simon Fraser University , Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
Simon Fraser University , Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, ISSN 1499-9013, Vol. 10, no 4, 261-283 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A general logic for data-based test evaluation based on Slaney and Maraun's (2008) framework is described. On the basis of this framework and other well-known test theoretic results, a set of guidelines is proposed to aid researchers in the assessment of the psychometric properties of the measures they use in their research. The guidelines are organized into eight areas and range from general recommendations, pertaining to understanding different psychometric properties of quantitative measures and at what point in a test evaluation their respective assessments should occur, to clarifications of core psychometric concepts such as factor structure, reliability, coefficient alpha, and dimensionality. Finally, an illustrative example is provided with a data-based test evaluation of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (Hare, 1991) as a measure of psychopathic personality disorder in a sample of 384 male offenders serving sentences in a Canadian correctional facility.

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2011. Vol. 10, no 4, 261-283 p.
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data-based test evaluation, internal test validity, score precision, external test validity
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-22992DOI: 10.1080/14999013.2011.627086OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-22992DiVA: diva2:746972
Available from: 2014-09-15 Created: 2014-09-15 Last updated: 2015-03-13Bibliographically approved

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