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Social Work: Tests & Measurements

This subject is guide is intended to assist students, faculty, staff and alumni of the School of Social Work in locating specific resources in the field of social work.

Measures for Clincal Practice

The Corcoran & Fischer (2000) (3rd ed.) 2-volume sourcebook contains a wide variety of brief tests and measures for children, adults, couples and families. It includes an index listing the tools by problem area. Each tool is reprinted in it's entirity which includes a description, the norms, scoring, reliability, validity and availability information. There is a copy in the Reading Room at Little Hall and a copy in Gorgas Library. It is not available electronically.

Mental Measurements Yearbook

Mental Measurements Yearbook Online "provides users with a comprehensive guide to over 2,700 contemporary testing instruments. Designed for an audience ranging from novice test consumers to experienced professionals, the MMY series contains information essential for a complete evaluation of test products with such diverse areas such as psychology, education, business, and leadership". 


Intrduction to Locating Tests & Measurements

Tests and measures are used in many professions to measure attributes of human behavior. This guide is directed at locatingpsychological, sociological and educational tests, which may be published or unpublished.

Unpublished measures are typically not yet widely used and may not have established validity and reliability. Such tools are sometimes printed in book chapters and can appear in journal articles for the first time.

Published measures are widely-used and have established reliability, valididty, and norms. They are often commercially available from a publisher and can be on the pricey side. Some are reprinted in books and journal articles, but often they only include sample questions for review.

Locating freely available copies of tests and measures can be difficult. In part, this is becasue developers of these measures want to ensure that their items are used in ethically supervised research and not used in a manner that could be harmful to clients.

Once you have the title of a tool, you can do a literature search to determine how many times it has been used in published research. These articles will also provide information on reliability and validity.


APA Guide to Locating Tests & Measurements

APA Guide to Locating Tests & Measurements provides information on locating published and unpublished tests and measures, including a section on the responsibilities of of test users.




DSM-IV Online

The classification of mental disorders by the American Psychiatric Association



The ICD is the international standard diagnostic classification for all general epidemiological, many health management purposes and clinical use. These include the analysis of the general health situation of population groups and monitoring of the incidence and prevalence of diseases and other health problems in relation to other variables such as the characteristics and circumstances of the individuals affected, reimbursement, resource allocation, quality and guidelines.

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