Self-report includes an individual’s reports about what they are feeling, what they are doing, and what they recall happening in the past (Stone et al. 2009).
These are captured by validated self-report questionnaires, of which there are many. Indeed, one of the challenges facing behavioral medicine is the bewildering variety of measurement instruments (Dekker 2009). Although validated, the limitations of self-report questionnaires are that the researcher is dependent on the research participant to be completely truthful and unbiased and to be able to accurately remember details.
References and Further Reading
- Stone, A., Turkkan, J., Bachrach, C., Jobe, J., Kuftzman, H., Cain, V., et al. (2009). The science of self-report. Taylor & Francis e-library. Retrieved from http://books.google.co.uk/books