APA launches a new database of tests and measures
Inventories, surveys, questionnaires and scales, whatever
you call them, “tests are absolutely essential to psychological
research,” says Linda Beebe, senior director of PsycINFO in
APA’s Office of Publications and Databases.
But tracking down unpublished tests has been like searching
for the proverbial needle in the haystack — until now. Last
September, APA launched Psyc TESTS, a comprehensive
database of psychological tests and measures.
Psychologists have developed thousands of tests, scales
and surveys to measure everything from personality and
intelligence to spirituality and addiction. But only a fraction
of those assessments have been commercially published and
sold in bulk. “Librarians report that finding measurement
instruments is the single most frequent request from graduate
students,” says APA Publisher Gary R. VandenBos, PhD.
“Psyc Tests is an exciting tool to respond to this need, for all
levels of researchers.”
For the past three years, the PsycINFO team has been
scouring peer-reviewed journals and emailing authors to
collect as many tests as possible. The work has paid off.
The database contains information about some 3,000 tests,
including about 2, 100 downloadable copies of the tests
Previously, Beebe says, the only place to search for non-
commercial tests was the database of the Educational Testing
Service, which administers the SAT and other standardized
tests. However, that database contains only 1,200 entries, most
of which are focused on education rather than psychological
assessment. Psyc TESTS is the first centralized collection of
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