Since Self-Reports are a means of collecting data that are necessary in the evaluation and treatment of behavior that at times can not be observed by trained observers, the use of self reports must be brought under the control of the experimenter/clinician -- so that the collected data has a high degree of reliability and validity. Before giving a patient/client a self-report to fill out, there must be training in this activity so that the reporting behavior is controlled. Then, and only then, can self-reports be used as viable measures - Thus, it is suggested that the paradigm of "Signal Detection" be used - both in th e training and the eventual use. s
See: Jimenez, and Landon-Jimenez for a detailed description of signal detection research and the subsequent use of such regarding verbal reports.
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