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Measurement Issues in the Application of Screening Tools for PTSD.

Martin, Colin R; Savage-McGlynn, Emily; Hollins Martin, Caroline J

Authors

Colin R Martin

Emily Savage-McGlynn



Contributors

Colin Martin
Editor

Victor R Preedy
Editor

Vinood B Patel
Editor

Abstract

Psychometrics is a term within the statistical literature that encompasses the development and evaluation
of psychological tests and measures, an area of increasing importance within applied psychology
specifically and behavioral sciences. Confusion continues to exist regarding the fundamental tenets of
psychometric evaluation and application of the appropriate statistical tests and procedures. The purpose of
this paper is to highlight the main psychometric elements which need to be considered in both the
development and evaluation of an instrument or tool used within the context of posttraumatic stress
disorder (PTSD). The psychometric profile of a tool should also be considered in established tools used in
screening PTSD. A “standard” for the application and reporting of psychometric data and approaches is
emphasized, the goal of which is to ensure that the key psychometric parameters are considered in relation
to the selection and use of PTSD screening tools.

Publication Date 2015
Deposit Date Jul 21, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-10
Book Title Comprehensive Guide to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
ISBN 978-3-319-08358-2
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08613-2_48-1
Keywords PTSD; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; psychometrics; psychological tests; screening tools;
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/8877
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08613-2_48-1