Psychometrics is the branch of psychology focused on the measurement of psychological constructs, such as aptitude, intelligence, personality, and attitudes. The major research activities within this branch involve the construction of theory and instruments for the measurement of psychological constructs. The term psychometrics is commonly used in social work research, although its definition is more diffuse, typically referring to aspects of validity and reliability for a measure that may or may not be psychological in nature (e.g., social capital, organizational culture). The actual research activities that fall under the broader use of the term are critically important to the advancement of social work research. In fact, psychometrics research may be regarded as one of the most important aspects of social work research generally, given that such research activity is concerned with the quality of a given measurement or measurement strategy. We need good measurement in order to draw any reasonable conclusions from our research, and it is impossible to produce good knowledge from poor measurement. Thus, it is critical that social work researchers have a solid understanding of psychometrics in the broadest sense. The overall purpose of this annotated bibliography is to provide social work researchers with resources that will help ensure a solid grounding in issues of psychometrics—again, broadly defined. In doing so, this article considers the problems that are present in the current research, offering various resources to address and ameliorate them. We first present selected readings on key issues related to psychometrics in social work research. The key issues are organized around various subtopics, although it is important to recognize that many of the articles within any subtopic can be cross-classified with other subtopics. Following our review of key issues, we list a number of other resources that can be of potential value to social work researchers.
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Subjects: Social Work
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