Caribbean Journal of Psychology: Vol. 10, Issue 1, 2018

Article 3
Psychometric Concerns Associated with Using Psychological Assessment Tools from Eurocentric Countries in Anglophone Caribbean Nations

Michael Canute Lambert
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Alison Levitch
Alfred State College, State University of New York

Janelle Robinson
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Taylor W. Sweeney
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Lambert, Sewell, and Levitch (2016) conducted a systematic review of psychological studies focused on people in Anglophone Caribbean Nations (ACNs) published from 1993-2013. They showed that most studies used measures designed by researchers of European heritage and normed primarily on people of European Heritage who reside in North America and Europe. Yet, researchers paid little attention to reliability and validity of uch measures for ACNs and infinitesimal focus on content, cultural, and onceptual validity for people studied. By focusing on studies published in ater 2013 to early 2018, this current review extended the earlier systematic eview and virtually replicated its findings. Similarly, it identified that many researchers continue to consider coefficient alphas as estimates of eliability while ignoring its assumptions and intended purposes. The previous and he current manuscripts show that although rare, researchers who created easures specifically for their ACN studies did little to demonstrate sychometric soundness of such tools. Similarly, the present study demonstrates steps that future studies might take to ensure, content, ultural, and conceptual validity for Caribbean adolescents and adults. urthermore, it shows how applying modern measurement theory guided rocedures to scale development might permit unbiased repeated assessment of individuals from adolescence through adulthood.