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4. In what way will the patient's response time help me in psychotherapeutic practice?

Although research interest about response times began around the 1970s, the widespread use of computers has...

revitalized relevant research to enable response time to be used as an indicator of individual differences relative to cognitive representations (Greenwald, McGhee, & Schwartz, 1998). Interestingly, there is also in use as a supplementary variable in Theory of Response to Item Level (Item Response Theory) that can increase the accuracy of the results of the questionnaires. Indeed, Ranger & Ortner (2011) showed that the introduction of the time response evaluation scales of Eysenck Personality Profiler can increase the relevant information from 13 to 17 percent.

In the field of psychopathology for example, according to Holsten (1995), such information can be provided about which questions / statements of the questionnaire were declared in order to disorientate the mental health specialist (faking "good" or "bad"). Holden, Fekken & Cotton (1991) and Holden & Kroner (1992) have presented models that detect fraudulent attempts in answering questionnaires, based on leading response times to the questions / statements of the questionnaire. Another useful knowledge regarding their time response is that whatever the nature of the questionnaire and the level of the time response, the questionnaire data with long response time were considered most unclear and obscure (Holden, Fekken, & Jackson, 1985) and the average response time is dependent on the emotional excitability (the item's emotional evocative character) that the particular element may cause the individual (Geisinger & Temple, 1990).

In response more specifically to your question, we would say that in a survey by PALP ( it was concluded that in the case of SCL90-R, the increased completion times were associated primarily with the cognitive functions of haul, recovery and evaluation of the experience required by the process of answering each question and confirm that larger questionnaire completion times are consistent with a broader and interelated symptom complex insofar as they could identify a tester as a potentially "clinical case". However response times are not affected by the volume of complaints.

Although the issue of response time requires more research, a longer time to complete the questionnaire may have particular importance for us, especially in the case of characterological disorders. We hope your cooperation and research to shed more light on the answer to your question.

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