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Social Work: Finding Tests and Measures


Books with Tests

This guide is designed to assist you with steps for finding tests, measures, scales, or questionnaires for your research.

Canvas Resources

Many tests and measures have been uploaded to Canvas for your convenience!  Just go to the Social Work Central page and select the link "Tests and Measures."  Clicking the first link, entitled Tests & Measures from the Handbook of Psychiatric Measures, you will find an alphabetical index of PDF versions of many evidence-supported tests. You will need to use the Handbook of Psychiatric Measures at the library to learn more about each test, such as the test's reliability or validity and if you need to contact the author for permission to use the measure.

Cultural Considerations in Testing

The tests listed in the books below are measured for their effectiveness for use with specific ethnic groups. The books also consider broader themes of culturally competent assessment. While tests are described and analyzed, you'll need to access the full-text instruments or research articles through the other resources listed in this guide. All print books are located in the Social Work Library.

Featured Books

Book cover of Measures for Clinical Practice and ResearchMeasures for Clinical Practice and Research
by Joel Fischer (Editor); Kevin Corcoran (Editor); David W. Springer (Editor)
Call Number: BF176 .F57 2020 v.1 & v. 2
Categorized Index of Instruments

This seminal 2-volume book contains hundreds of the most useful measurement tools for use in clinical practice and in research. All measures are critiqued by the editors, who provide guidance on how to select and score them and the actual measures are wholly reproduced.

Handbook of Psychiatric Measures coverBook cover to Handbook of Psychiatric Measures

Handbook of Psychiatric Measures
by Michael B. First (Editor); Deborah Blacker (Editor); A. John Rush (Editor)
Call Number: RC473 .P78 A46 2008:
Categorized Chapters of Instruments 2008
Call Number: RC473 .P78 A46 2000:
Categorized Chapters of Instruments 2000

This book includes 100 full-text instruments for a wide variety of mental health issues. You will find links to these instruments under the Tests and Measures link in the Social Work Central Canvas Course.

Additional Books with Tests

You will find all of these titles in the Tests & Measures section of the Social Work Library:

  • Measures for Clinical Practice: A Sourcebook - (BF176 .C66 2013)
  • Practitioner's Guide to Empirically Based Measures of Social Skills - (HM691 .P73 2010)
  • Practitioner's Guide to Empirically Based Measures of Depression - (RC537 .P6924 2000)
  • Practitioner's Guide to Empirically Based Measures of Anxiety - (RC531 .P73 2001)
  • Assessment Scales in Old Age Psychiatry - (RC473 .P78 B876 2004)
  • Handbook of Family Measurement Techniques - (HQ728 .H267 2001)
  • Assessment of Addictive Behaviors - (RC533 .A86 2005)
  • Handbook of Sexuality Related Measures - (RC533 .A86 2005)
  • Practitioner's Guide to Empirically Based Measures of Anger, Aggression, and Violence - (BF575.A3 R66 2013)
  • Measuring Health - (RA408.5 .M38 2006)