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METHOD OF TEST ADMINISTRATION AS A FACTOR IN TEST VALIDITY - THE USE OF A PERSONALITY QUESTIONNAIRE IN THE PREDICTION OF CANCER AND CORONARY HEART-DISEASE

R GROSSARTHMATICEK, HJ EYSENCK, GJ BOYLE

BEHAVIOUR RESEARCH AND THERAPY | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 1995

Abstract

This study examines the predictive accuracy of four different methods of administration of a questionnaire designed to predict cancer and coronary heart disease (CHD) in healthy probands. The method of administration uses the establishment of trust and the explanation of questions as variables in all four possible combinations, i.e. trust and explanation, trust only, explanation only, and neither, the prediction being that the combination of trust and explanation would produce the most accurate prediction, the treatment using neither the worst prediction, with methods using either trust alone or explanation alone intermediate. The criterion was the successful prediction of cancer and CHD. A ..

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