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Self-Report: Psychology’s Four-Letter Word

GERALD J. HAEFFEL and GEORGE S. HOWARD
The American Journal of Psychology
Vol. 123, No. 2 (Summer 2010), pp. 181-188
DOI: 10.5406/amerjpsyc.123.2.0181
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/amerjpsyc.123.2.0181
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Abstract

Abstract Self-report continues to be one of the most widely used measurement strategies in psychology despite longstanding concerns about its validity and scientific rigor. In this article, the merits of self-report are examined from a philosophy of science perspective. A framework is also provided for evaluating self-report measures. Specifically, four issues are presented that can be used as a decision aid when making choices about measurement.

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