Article  |   August 1984
Psychometric Principles in the Selection, Interpretation, and Evaluation of Communication Self-Assessment Inventories
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Article   |   August 1984
Psychometric Principles in the Selection, Interpretation, and Evaluation of Communication Self-Assessment Inventories
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, August 1984, Vol. 49, 226-240. doi:10.1044/jshd.4903.226
History: Received November 4, 1983 , Accepted May 15, 1984
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, August 1984, Vol. 49, 226-240. doi:10.1044/jshd.4903.226
History: Received November 4, 1983; Accepted May 15, 1984

A variety of self-assessment inventories have been introduced in recent years for use with hearing-impaired patients. These instruments differ considerably, both conceptually and operationally. Audiologists, therefore, are faced with the task of selecting a test instrument that is appropriate to their patient population and testing purpose. This paper outlines the psychometric principles that guide the selection, interpretation, and evaluation of self-assessment inventories. The application of these principles to a specific clinical population is illustrated by three studies of the Hearing Performance Inventory (Giolas, Owens, Lamb, & Schubert, 1979) conducted at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC).

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