Washington, DC - The American Psychological Association is pleased to announce that PsycTESTS®, APA’s groundbreaking database of psychology tests and measures, has recently surpassed 20,000 test records. PsycTESTS has experienced tremendous growth since its launch in 2011, and today PsycTESTS has become a go-to resource for psychology students, faculty and professionals around the world seeking tests and measures for their research.
APA’s collaboration with the psychology community in creating PsycTESTS has not only aided in the creation of a comprehensive hub for the collection and discovery of psychological test instruments, but also exposed and connected those working in similar fields of study, further enhancing their ability to collaborate in their work.
The recently indexed 20,000th test record was Male Role Norms Inventory - Short Form (MRNI-SF), 2013.
Ronald F. Levant, PhD, commented on the development of this particular test, “We started work on the Male Role Norms Inventory (MRNI) in the late 1980s, stemming from a summer I had spent as a research associate with Joseph Pleck at Wellesley College. It had been used in numerous studies going through several revisions, and an adolescent version had been developed. Whorley and Addis (2006) found that the MRNI is one of the most commonly used measures of masculinity ideologies. For the current short form version, a ‘bi-factor model’ fit best. This implies that item-level responses on the MRNI-SF reflect both one of the seven specific norms of traditional masculinity ideology and a global traditional masculinity ideology factor. This is similar to the model for intelligence with a ‘g’ or general factor and specific abilities. Further, the items load on the seven norms in the same way for men and for woman, indicating that both genders conceptualize masculine norms in the same way, which makes sense because those norms are communicated very broadly within our culture to persons of both genders at all ages.”
The tests found in PsycTESTS are indexed from a number of different resources. Tests are submitted directly to APA from the test authors themselves; they have been gathered from the Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP); and many are extracted from the journal literature, as the Male Role Norms Inventory — Short Form was. The expansive and rapidly growing collection of tests in PsycTESTS includes: tests originally developed for research that were not made commercially available; multilingual test instruments; test records of select commercially available tests with links to the test publisher; and more. Nearly three-fourths of the records in PsycTESTS currently offer full-text test items that are immediately available for download. Each record also benefits from APA’s expert indexing, enabling users to quickly locate the most relevant tests for their research. In addition, PsycTESTS identifies critical development articles for every test, saving users time by presenting the necessary background information within each record. Also included is a summary, the development history, purpose, reliability and validity data (when available), test format and a citation of the peer-reviewed source document.
PsycTESTS is a one-of-a-kind repository for thousands of useful tests and measures, featuring instruments that are relevant to psychology and related fields, such as psychiatry, education, medicine, business, social work and more. The database is available for subscription on APA PsycNET®, EBSCOhost, OvidSP and ProQuest.
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