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Ambulatory Assessment

  1. Hans Westmeyer

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0043

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Westmeyer, H. 2010. Ambulatory Assessment. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Free University of Berlin, Germany

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Ambulatory assessment can be defined as the use of computer-assisted methodology for self-reports, behavior records, or physiological measurements, while the assessee undergoes normal daily activities. Ambulatory assessment is characterized by the following features: the recording takes place in real-life situations; computer-assisted methodology is widely used; and the assessor attempts to minimize method-dependent reactivity and strives to achieve a high degree of ecological validity. Ambulatory assessment has outstanding practical utility for various objectives such as monitoring and self-monitoring, screening, classification and selection, clinical diagnosis, and evaluation. It can be applied in various areas of psychology and other behavioral sciences, and there already are many successful applications in psychophysiology, personality psychology, health psychology, and clinical psychology. For more detailed information see Fahrenberg and Myrtek (1996, 2001) or the Web site of the European Network for Ambulatory Assessment (