Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Holden, R. R. 2010. Face Validity. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Face validity is a characteristic associated with a psychological test and its individual items. Distinct from more technical types of validity, face validity is the appropriateness, sensibility, or relevance of the test and its items as they appear to the persons answering the test. Do a test and its items seem valid and meaningful to the individuals taking the test? More formally, face validity is defined as the degree to which test respondents view the content of a test and its items as relevant to the context in which the test is being administered.
- criterion validity;