Psychological Test Validity



This paper presents a theoretical overview of current aspects about the validity problems of psychological tests. The article demonstrates the importance of the development of psychological tests and the scientific studies of their validity, describes the different types of validity and the possible ways of measurement and determination of the validity coefficients. The paper is recommended for researchers, whose work is dedicated to the development, modification or adaptation of the psychological test.

General Information

Keywords: psychological test; validity; internal validity; external validity; face validity; content validity; construct validity; convergent validity; discriminant validity; predictive validity; the current validity; concurrent validity

Journal rubric: General Psychology

Article type: review article

For citation: Gessmann H., Sheronov E.A. Psychological Test Validity [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2013. Vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 20–31. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Hans-Werner Gessmann, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Director of the Center of Excellence, Diagnostics and Therapy, University of California, Psychotherapy Institute Bergerhausen (Duisburg, Germany), Duisburg, Germany, e-mail:

Evgenii A. Sheronov, e-mail:



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