criterion validity

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In psychometrics, any measure of validity based on determining the strength of the relationship between scores on the test and an independent criterion that is accepted as a standard against which the test may be judged. For example, in validating a test to measure depression, the criterion might be diagnosis of depression by clinical psychologists or psychiatrists, or in validating a test to measure scholastic aptitude, the criterion might be scores on tests of school performance. See also concurrent validity, criterion-referenced test, predictive validity.

Subjects: Psychology.

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