The book that established itself as a standard text and reference work for students seeking to master research methods and procedures in psychology has been updated and revised in this new edition! The Second Edition of The Psychology Research Handbook: A Guide for Graduate Students and Research Assistants once again offers a comprehensive guide for understanding and conquering the entire research process. Editors Frederick T. L. Leong and James T. Austin have assembled a distinguished group of expert researchers who share skill sets accumulated as a result of years of practical exposure to the design, development, implementation, and documentation of research in psychology.
Chapter 7: Evaluating and Selecting Psychological Measures for Research Purposes
Even from the beginning of the research process, some individuals become overwhelmed or intimidated by the complex and intricate processes associated with conducting sound psychological inquiry. In particular, evaluating and selecting ideal psychological measures may be quite challenging in light of the broad array of tests currently available (e.g., Robinson, Shafer, & Wrightsman, 1991, 1999). Although some of these instruments are carefully designed and validated, many psychological measures are not carefully thought out and crafted. Unfortunately, we have found that a good number of researchers select measures out of convenience (e.g., no cost and easily available) rather than out of a systematic evaluation process (Ponterotto, 1996).
The most widely ...