In Search of: A Social Psychologist's Search for Measures of Relationship Satisfaction in PsycTESTS®
In this issue's search example, we conduct a search for measures of relationship satisfaction.
A social psychologist working for an online dating company is looking for measures that will help the company develop better questionnaires for customers. Ideally, the measures will tap into a broad assessment of relationships. She is specifically looking for measures that have full text available and may be used in research.
Build Your Search Using APA PsycNET by Limiting to the PsycTESTS® Database
To begin, let's select only the PsycTESTS database from the PsycNET menu. Limiting to PsycTESTS allows you to access the database-specific fields and limits from the Advanced Search screen.
There are numerous terms that might be useful for this search. Some possibilities might include interpersonal relationship, relationship satisfaction, relationship quality, love, attachment, or marriage. You may populate the search using Term Finder to choose relevant index terms.
The top box of the platform is populated with the chosen index terms, and we can refine that search in the platform, should we choose, with PsycTESTS-specific fields.
In this case, we'll add some keywords that are likely to limit our findings to romantic- or partner-based relationships.
In addition, as we're interested in measures that are available for research and provide test content, we'll add additional specifications from the limits, or Only Show Content Where, area of the platform. Here is a list of the available limits:
In this instance, we'll select the Permissions limit and choose "May use for Research/ Teaching." We'll also check the Full-Text Test box in the section.
Now let's run the search and look at our results.
Our results are displayed under the PsycTESTS tab and, in this case, as it's the only database searched, the All tab. The search returned 20 records.
We may further refine our search from the results page, using the Search within Results at the top of the page or the faceted list that includes the 10 top hits in a number of categories.
Categories included on the faceted list are
- Index Term
- Author Affiliation
- Test Year
- Age Group
- Population Group
- Test Record Type
Your results list can be sorted by Year, Author, Test Name, or Relevance and allow you to view the record summary and link to a PDF of test content.
The test itself will include a coversheet with a citation and information about the test and its format and source and permission to use. The test itself is provided in a standard format — but not changed in any way from the source from which it came.
This is the top example of a coversheet from our results list:
Here is the accompanying test:
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