Internet-based questionnaire assessment: appropriate use in clinical contexts

Buchanan, Tom (2003) Internet-based questionnaire assessment: appropriate use in clinical contexts. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 32 (3). pp. 100-109. ISSN 1650-6073

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Use of internet-mediated questionnaire assessment is growing in behavioural telehealth provision. Literature on web-based psychological testing indicates that - while tests used online should be validated for online use - such measures can be reliable and valid. However, use of normative data (especially data from paper-and-pencil samples) presents problems. Studies have shown score distributions may differ across testing media, even when comparisons are made between equivalent samples. Data from 3 different projects illustrate such (substantive) differences, and the errors that would result from using established norms to interpret internet-mediated assessments. Given representativeness issues with "internet norms", it is recommended that if online tests are used for clinical purposes, this should currently be done in a manner that does not rely on normative data.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2011 13:43
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2011 13:43

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