PSY 550: Final Project Guidelines and Grading Guide

Overview

The final project for this course is the creation of an evaluative, comprehensive literature review. You will select a psychological measure or test. Ideally, the test should be one you see yourself using in the field of Industrial Organizational Psychology, that has been used to assess a diagnosis of interest, or that has been used in a population on which you plan  to focus. You will evaluate the test using research in peer-reviewed psychology journals to substantiate claims about its validity, reliability, applications, and implications.

-must have 8 references from a scholarly article

Measurement: The Strong Interest Inventory

Prompt

Your literature review should answer the following prompt: What is the overall appropriateness and practical value of your selected psychological assessment measure?

Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed (Must answer these questions):

I. Background of the test

a. What is the purpose of the test?

b. What type of test is it? What type of information does it yield?

c. How is it administered and scored? Who publishes the results?

d. For whom is this test intended? Who else has utilized this test?

 

II. Assessment of the test

a. To what extent does the test employ appropriate psychometric principles?

b. To what extent has the reliability and validity of the test been demonstrated for varying populations?

c. What are the cut scores for “normal” versus “at-risk” and/or “clinically significant”? Is the method for interpreting andcommunicating the results (e.g., scaled scores, percentile ranks, z-scores, t-scores) appropriate?

d. Are there any specific cultural concerns that should be attended to? To what extent do cultural and environmental factors for minorities or special populations impact the effectiveness of the measure?e. To what extent are there ethical issues related to the use, administration, and interpretation of this measure?

 

III. Practical applications of the test

a. Under what circumstances would you give this test? Provide example scenarios in which the test would be helpful to another mental

health professional, parent, teacher, student, individual, court, business, or other profession?

b. For what purposes and with what clients would you not consider it useful? What are the limitations of this test?

c. What issues must you attend to carefully in order to present the test results accurately (e.g., not over- or under-interpret their

significance) and ethically?

d. What strategies would you use to help you or your client make decisions resulting from an assessment (e.g., pairing results with

 

other kinds of information)?

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