“Soft” measures

Generally used in contrast to “hard” measures and often pejoratively. Mainly applied to self-report and to ratings by lay raters.

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The perception, not entirely unfairly, is that these measures have limited precision and are ones where the person completing the measure has huge capability to influence the result. Certainly self-ratings and ratings by untrained raters raise questions about generalisability, inter-rater (un)reliability) and possible systematic effects (bias/invalidity). However, as the therapy business is about subjectivity and the pertinence of “hard” measures is often unclear, these are our bread and butter measures.

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“Hard” measures

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Pretty much throughout the book!

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Created 2/11/21

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