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Self-Report Inventories

  1. Yossef S. Ben-Porath

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0842

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Ben-Porath, Y. S. 2010. Self-Report Inventories. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Kent State University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Self-report inventories (SRIs) have been a mainstay of assessment psychology for more than eight decades. They are used frequently in a broad range of settings and applications (e.g., mental health diagnosis and treatment planning, medical settings, substance abuse treatment facilities, psycholegal evaluations, and screening of candidates for public safety positions). SRIs typically require test takers to respond to a series of statements (items) by indicating whether, or to what extent, the item describes some aspect of their functioning. The response format varies from a dichotomous true or false to a Likert scale indication of degree of agreement with the statement as a self-description. Some SRIs focus primarily on abnormal functioning or psychopathology, whereas others concentrate more on the normal personality range. Still others cover both normal and abnormal aspects of personality and psychopathology.


  • instrument validity;
  • items;
  • protocol validity;
  • reliability;
  • standard scores