Instrumentation Off the Shelf or on Your Own

  • Robert Remien


Measurement and instrumentation are often viewed as minor considerations in the broader picture of research design, but they can be crucial to your project’s potential success. The quality of your research will depend on the quality of the data you collect, which, in turn, will depend on the psychometric properties of the measures you use. Many prospective applicants have struggled with issues concerning measurement and instrumentation. You may have confronted problems as you searched for available measures and tried to decide which ones were appropriate for your population. You may also have concluded that none of them were appropriate or could be adapted for your study and decided to design measures of your own.


Psychometric Property Personality Disorder Broad Picture Source Book Symptom Rating Scale 
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Additional Reading

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  • Robert Remien

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