The reading grade level of common measures in child and adolescent clinical psychology

Scott A. Jensen, Gregory A. Fabiano, Andy Lopez-Williams, Anil Chacko

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The purpose of this article is to provide easily accessible readability information for 49 parent- and 35 child- and adolescent-report measures commonly used by clinicians and researchers. There is a great deal of variability in reading ability required across measures. The majority of parent-report measures (65%) required reading ability above the 8th grade level. The average child-/adolescent-report measure required reading ability above the 6th grade level. Given the potential contribution of readability to a measure's reliability, validity, and overall utility, examining and accounting for readability should be a more common practice in test construction and administration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)346-352
Number of pages7
JournalPsychological assessment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006



  • Adolescent psychology
  • Child psychology
  • Rating scales
  • Reading ability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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