Using psychological tests
General points on test location and selection
There are various ways of locating tests. As well as looking at the list ofpsychological tests held by the department you can do a keyword search (for example 'anxiety', 'anger', 'body image') using library databases such as Web of Scienceor PsycINFO and also try searching the web using appropriate keywords.
There are a number of web sites which give information about using psychological tests, for example the APA site or the British Psychological Society's Psychological Testing Centre have links to various sources of information.
Tests fall into two categories: those that are made freely available by researchers and commercial tests. A reference to the first type of test is usually a book chapter or journal article; for the second type it will be to a manual published by a commercial organisation.
Full details of freely available (public domain) tests can be usually be found by consulting the relevant article; if full details are not given, you may be able obtain extra materials (for example a list of test items) by contacting the author by email. Commercially published tests must NOT be photocopied or scanned and if you wish to use these tests you should consult with your supervisor on the availability of funds to use a specific test. Often a literature search will produce a public domain equivalent of a commercial test. Further information, with references about some commonly used tests available in the public domain may be found at Commonly used tests.
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Reference works about tests and scales
Print copies of these works are held in the Psychology and Philosophy Library, some are also available as e-books.
- Robinson, John P; Shaver, Phillip R and Wrightsman, Lawrence S (Eds) (1991) Measures of personality and social psychological attitudes.
- Boyle, Gregory J; Saklofske, Donald H and Matthews, Gerald (Eds) (2015) Measures of personality and social psychological constructs.
- Strauss, Esther; Sherman, Elizabeth M S and Spreen, Otfried (2006) A Compendium of neuropsychological tests : administration, norms and commentary. 3rd edition.
- Lezak, Muriel; Howieson, Diane B ; Bigler, Erin D and Tranel, Daniel (2012) Neuropsychological assessment. 5th edition.
- Fink, A (2003) The survey handbook. 2nd edition.
- Bowling, Ann (2017) Measuring health : a review of subjective health, well-being and quality of life measurement scales.
- Bowling, Ann (2001) Measuring disease : a review of disease-specific quality of life measurement scales
- SAGE Research Methods - database including numerous works on research methods, data collection.
- Fischer, J., Corcoran, K. & Springer, D.W., (2020). Measures for clinical practice and research : A sourcebook.
Psychological testing resources on the web
- PsyToolkit (Includes library of questionnaires).
- Measurement Instrument Database for the Social Sciences.
- Office for National Statistics Current Standard Classifications
Personality and social psychology measures
- The Big Five Inventory (Berkeley Personality Lab)
- HEXACO Personality Inventory Revised
- International Personality Item Pool
- Social-Personality Psychology Questionnaire Instrument Compendium