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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Abstract

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
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2006

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Keywords

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

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Applied Psychology

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The reading grade level of common measures in child and adolescent clinical psychology. / Jensen, Scott A.; Fabiano, Gregory A.; Lopez-Williams, Andy; Chacko, Anil.

In: Psychological Assessment, Vol. 18, No. 3, 09.2006, p. 346-352.

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Jensen, Scott A. ; Fabiano, Gregory A. ; Lopez-Williams, Andy ; Chacko, Anil. / The reading grade level of common measures in child and adolescent clinical psychology. In: Psychological Assessment. 2006 ; Vol. 18, No. 3. pp. 346-352.
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