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Palavourova M., Batakis M., Eythimioy K., Roussos P.

University of Athens, 3rd Panhellenic Conference on Clinical & Health Psychology, Athens 03/2016

The use of computers has an important role in the field of applied psychology. In particular, the administration, processing and interpretation of psychometric tools via computer provides information that can not be exported with the traditional way of administration. In the present study we investigated the correlation of response times with the total score and scores of individual subscales in a sample of 84 individuals (27 men, 57 women) who requested psychological help from Institute of Behaviour and Research Therapy. The questionnaires were administred via electronic tablet, wherein the typical time to complete the questionnaire was significantly lower than in the traditional manner of administration and there was a remarkable satisfaction of the sample group about this new mode of administration. The results of our study were based on the sample of women due to the lack of sufficient number of potential "clinical cases" in the male population. Based on the sample of 56 women it was shown that potential clinical cases exhibit a rate of 25% significantly higher average time of completion of the questionnaire in comparison to the healthy subjects while the potential clinical situations in terms of symptomatology of Compulsion, Anger, and Phobic Anxiety exhibit a rate of 58%, 41% and 55% higher average time of completion of the respective sub-ranges, compared to healthy subjects. In general, the response time conveys useful information at three levels.

On the basis of the results we formulated the opinion that increased completion times were associated primarily with the cognitive functionsof retrieval, reconstitution and evaluation of the experiences required by the process of answering each question / statement and confirm that larger questionnaire completion times are consistent with a broader and interactive symptom complex to the point where they can characterize the test subject a potentially "clinical case", while they are not affected by the intensity of the annoyances. Finally we discussed the significance of the findings in clinical practice and gave directions for future research on the nature of the questionnaire response time and its correlation with clinical syndromes evaluated by the SCL-90R.

 

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