About PsykTestBarn

PsykTestBarn is an Open Access journal publishing peer-reviewed scientific articles on psychometric properties of Norwegian versions of tests and measurement instruments. The articles are synthesis of existing studies conducted in Scandinavia. PsykTestBarn is approved by the University and College Council's publication committee (Scientific level 1). The purpose of PsykTestBarn is to contribute to informed choices and sound use of tests and measurement instruments in both applied settings and in research.

Norwegian health care, child welfare services and educational institutions in Norway have implemented routine use of tests and measurement tools to examine mental health, psychosocial problems, abilities and skills in children and young people. However, we lack systematic knowledge of the psychometric properties of many of the tests in use.

PsykTestBarn methods

The articles describe the origin of the tests, versions, areas of use, content, method of administration, competence requirements, and measurement and scoring procedures. Information from reference works, test manuals and websites are used. Review of the documentation and systematic literature search: research librarians systematically search for documentation of the tests' psychometric properties in the following databases: PsycINFO, Medline, Embase, Cochrane Library, Oria (BIBSYS), Norart (Norwegian articles), SveMed+ (Scandinavian articles), CRIStin.no, NORA.no and Swepub. The search strategies are developed using a wide range of search terms and are published with each article for transparency. Researcher of published studies which have used Scandinavian test versions are contacted to identify additional published or unpublished studies, as well as translators and publishers of Scandinavian test versions.

Inclusion criteria

All studies examining and reporting at least one of the following are included:

· norm data for the test in a Norwegian sample

· reliability: internal consistency, test-retest and interrater

· validity: compliance with similar test scores, compliance with reference standard or other criterion and factor analyzes

Article selection

Two researchers independently screen all identified publications after duplicates have been removed. Any references considered relevant by one or both reviewers is obtained in full-text and screened independently.


Assessment of the tests' psychometric properties

Two researchers independently assess the standards, validity and reliability of the tests using a customized version of European Federation of Psychologists Associations (EFPA) Test review form and notes for reviewers. EFPA Test Review Model

Copyright and Open Access

All articles in PsykTestBarn can be downloaded, printed and distributed freely for all kinds of purposes on the following terms: correct reference must be provided, no commercial use, and no processing of text or content under the Creative Commons license.

The Editorial team consists of researchers, experts in conducting systematic literature searches and staff members with expertise in knowledge management and evidence-based practice:

Chief Editor - Siri Saugestad Helland, researcher (RBUP Eastern and South Norway)

Assistant Editor - Monica Martinussen professor (RKBU Northern Norway, UiT)

 - Simon-Peter Neumer senior researcher (RBUP Eastern and South Norway)

Member of the Editorial Board - Jannike Kaasbøll (RKBU Central Norway Norge, NTNU)

Member of the Editorial Board - Kjell Morten Stormark research professor (RKBU West Norway - NORCE)

Web Editor - Brynhildur Axelsdottir (RBUP Eastern and South Norway)

Language Consultant - Mari Elvsåshagen (RBUP Eastern and South Norway)

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