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An Introduction to Psychological Tests and Scales

3rd Edition

By Kate Miriam Loewenthal, Christopher Alan Lewis


152 pages

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A vital resource for those with little or no prior knowledge of computing or statistics to aid in the development of reliable and valid tests and scales for assessment or research purposes. It serves as a clear, concise and jargon-free primer for all those embarking in fieldwork or research analysis.

The book contains detailed guidelines for locating and constructing psychological measures, including descriptions of popular psychological measures and step-by-step instructions for composing a measure, entering data and computing reliability and validity of test results. Advanced techniques such as factor analysis, analysis of covariance and multiple regression analysis are presented for the beginner. This new edition has been revised throughout and includes updated statistical test procedures in line with the new version of SPSS and the inclusion of current academic articles.

An invaluable resource for undergraduates and postgraduates across the behavioral and social sciences, as well as professionals in related disciplines including those working in management, and medical sciences.

Table of Contents

  1. What is a good psychological measure?
  2. A guide to finding and using existing tests and scales
  3. Writing
  4. Testing
  5. Scoring and preliminary analysis
  6. The final scale and its validation


About the Authors

Kate Miriam Loewenthal is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Royal Holloway, London University, UK, Visiting Professor at Glyndwr University (Wales), UK, and New York University in London, UK.

Christopher Alan Lewis is Director of the Graduate School and Professor of Psychology at Glyndwr University, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology
PSYCHOLOGY / Statistics
PSYCHOLOGY / Assessment, Testing & Measurement