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Articles published in the British Journal of Clinical Psychology that have made an important contribution to clinical assessment
"The British Journal of Clinical Psychology (BJCP) is one of the oldest publications of the British Psychological Society (BPS), with 2012 marking the onset of its second half century. To celebrate this juncture, we thought it timely to present the first of a series of Virtual Issues that showcase some of the many outstanding articles that have been published over the past fifty years. BJCP has long been considered an outlet for the best empirical and theoretical research papers in clinical psychology. An important strength of the BCJP however, is that in contrast to more specialist clinical journals, BJCP covers the entire gamut of clinical psychology - including (but not restricted to) abnormal psychology, cognitive neuropsychiatry, and psychological assessment. In this first virtual issue, we sought to identify articles that fall into this latter category, and have had important implications for clinical assessment. These articles have either presented new clinical measures, or new data that help us to better understand and interpret test performance on existing ones. Reflecting the considerable importance of this work, cumulatively these ten articles have been cited in excess of 2000 times. All of these measures are, or can be, used in routine clinical practice (not only in research) to help clinicians gain a better understanding of their clients' difficulties. Most of them are brief (or abbreviated versions of longer measures), which facilitates clinical use, and most include normative data, which are most useful for interpretations."
Julie Henry & Mike Startup

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Published: 08 Nov 2012

CAMCOG—A concise neuropsychological test to assist dementia diagnosis: Socio‐demographic determinants in an elderly population sample Journal Article

Edited by: Felicia A. Huppert, Carol Brayne, Caroline Gill, E. S. Paykel, Lynn Beardsall

  • DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8260.1995.tb01487.x
  • Published Date: January 20, 2012

The CAMCOG, which forms part of the CAMDEX interview (Roth et al., 1986, 1988), is a brief neuropsychological battery designed to assess the range of cognitive functions required for a diagnosis of dementia, and to detect mild degrees of cognitive impairment. It was administered to a population sample of 418 elderly people (aged 77 and above) in their place of residence. The data show that in contrast to the Mini‐Mental State Examination, ...

Published in: British Journal of Clinical Psychology - Volume 34 Issue 4 (November 1995)

The IIP‐32: A short version of the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems Journal Article

Edited by: Michael Barkham, Gillian E. Hardy, Mike Startup

  • DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8260.1996.tb01159.x
  • Published Date: July 12, 2011

Three related studies are presented focusing on the development of a short 32‐item version of the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems (IIP). Study 1 presents the procedures for item selection on the IIP short version; Study 2 presents a confirmatory analysis of the IIP short version on an independent sample; and Study 3 provides preliminary normative (general population and out‐patient) data and additional evidence of the psychometric...

Published in: British Journal of Clinical Psychology - Volume 35 Issue 1 (February 1996)

The Cognitive Failures Questionnaire (CFQ) and its correlates Journal Article

Edited by: D. E. Broadbent, P. F. Cooper, P. FitzGerald, K. R. Parkes

  • DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8260.1982.tb01421.x
  • Published Date: July 12, 2011

This paper describes a questionnaire measure of self‐reported failures in perception, memory, and motor function. Responses to all questions tend to be positively correlated, and the whole questionnaire correlates with other recent measures of self‐reported deficit in memory, absent‐mindedness, or slips of action. The questionnaire is however only weakly correlated with indices of social desirability set or of neuroticism. It is...

Published in: British Journal of Clinical Psychology - Volume 21 Issue 1 (February 1982)

The development of a measure of social support: The Significant Others (SOS) Scale Journal Article

Edited by: M. J. Power, L. A. Champion, S. J. Aris

  • DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8260.1988.tb00799.x
  • Published Date: July 12, 2011

A description is presented of the development of a new scale to measure social support which is called the Significant Others (SOS) Scale. The scale measures different functional resources of social support that may be provided by a number of significant role relationships within an individual's social network. Preliminary results from a sample of mature students show that the scale has good six‐month test‐retest reliability, and...

Published in: British Journal of Clinical Psychology - Volume 27 Issue 4 (November 1988)

Verbal fluency as a function of a measure of verbal intelligence and in relation to different types of cerebral pathology Journal Article

Edited by: Edgar Miller

  • DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8260.1984.tb00626.x
  • Published Date: July 12, 2011

A measure of verbal fluency was derived from groups of patients with focal lesions and dementia and from normal control subjects. A regression equation was also derived to predict fluency from an index of verbal intelligence. Subjects with right or left frontal lesions and those with dementia had depressed fluency scores. When verbal intelligence was taken into account using the regression equation, fluency still remained depressed in...

Published in: British Journal of Clinical Psychology - Volume 23 Issue 1 (February 1984)

The development of a six‐item short‐form of the state scale of the Spielberger State—Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) Journal Article

Edited by: Theresa M. Marteau, Hilary Bekker

  • DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8260.1992.tb00997.x
  • Published Date: July 12, 2011

Two studies are reported describing the development of a short‐form of the state scale of the Spielberger State–Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) for use in circumstances where the full‐form is inappropriate. Using item–remainder correlations, the most highly correlated anxiety‐present and anxiety‐absent items were combined, and correlated with scores obtained using the full‐form of the STAI. Correlation coefficients greater than .90 were...

Published in: British Journal of Clinical Psychology - Volume 31 Issue 3 (September 1992)

Self‐report measures of depression: Some psychometric considerations Journal Article

Edited by: Gregory J. Boyle

  • DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8260.1985.tb01312.x
  • Published Date: July 12, 2011

This paper examines some aspects of the psychometric adequacy of existing self‐report depression measures, so that clinicians might better appreciate their reliability and validity. Issues addressed include the desirability of moderate rather than maximum test‐retest and item homogeneity/internal consistency estimates; the distinction between measurement at the surface syndrome level vs. that at the fundamental source state/trait level;...

Published in: British Journal of Clinical Psychology - Volume 24 Issue 1 (February 1985)

The Spot‐the‐Word test: A robust estimate of verbal intelligence based on lexical decision Journal Article

Edited by: Alan Baddeley, Hazel Emslie, Ian Nimmo‐Smith

  • DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8260.1993.tb01027.x
  • Published Date: July 12, 2011

The development of a test aimed at estimating premorbid intelligence is described. The test, Spot‐the‐Word, involves presenting the subject with pairs of items comprising one word and one non‐word, and requiring the subject to identify the word. Data show that performance correlates highly with verbal intelligence as estimated by Mill Hill Vocabulary score and by performance on the National Adult Reading Test (NART). Performance does not...

Published in: British Journal of Clinical Psychology - Volume 32 Issue 1 (February 1993)

The Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS): Construct validity, measurement properties and normative data in a large non‐clinical sample Journal Article

Edited by: John R. Crawford, Julie D. Henry

  • DOI: 10.1348/0144665031752934
  • Published Date: December 24, 2010

Objectives: To evaluate the reliability and validity of the PANAS (Watson, Clark, & Tellegen, 1988b) and provide normative data. Design: Cross‐sectional and correlational. Method: The PANAS was administered to a non‐clinical sample, broadly representative of the general adult UK population (N = 1,003). Competing models of the latent structure of the PANAS were evaluated using confirmatory factor...

Published in: British Journal of Clinical Psychology - Volume 43 Issue 3 (September 2004)

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