Issues in Psychological Assessment: Reliability, Validity, and Bias


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Billy thinks he has problems with obsessive compulsive disorder and makes an appointment with a psychologist. She walks through a questionnaire and diagnoses Billy with panic attacks. Billy is unwilling to accept her diagnosis, so he schedules an appointment with a second psychologist. He talks with Billy and administers the same standard questionnaire and also diagnoses Billy with panic attacks. The questionnaire that was used by both of the psychologists exhibits which of the following?

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1. Which of these is an example of test-retest reliability?

2. If an assessment has reliability:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Complete this short quiz to see what you know about psychological assessment, including concepts like test-retest reliability, construct validity and assessment bias. You'll need a solid understanding of these and other terms in order to pass the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Answer questions about the following:

  • What inter-rater reliability is
  • Example(s) of test-retest reliability
  • What we know about an assessment that has reliability
  • Having construct validity
  • Example(s) of assessment bias

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on reliability, validity and labeling in psychological testing
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding types of reliability and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what makes an assessment effective

Additional Learning

Be sure to review the accompanying lesson called Issues in Psychological Assessment: Reliability, Validity, and Bias to continue your study of this subject. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Choosing which psychological assessment to use
  • Examples and major types of reliability
  • The two parts to the definition of validity
  • Freedom from bias