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date: 22 January 2020

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This chapter provides an overview of basic principles and methods of measurement and illustrates their application in health psychology. Clearly articulated conceptual models and theoretical assumptions greatly facilitate sound measurement. In health psychology, several important considerations or contexts influence these conceptual models and other facets of the design, development, evaluation, and refinement of measurement procedures and techniques. Measures are useful to the extent that they permit valid inferences in the service of given research goals, and health psychology research encompasses a variety of goals and audiences.

Keywords: Health psychology, measurement methods, illness, medical care

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