Product Spotlight

Counseling and Therapy in Video

Among the library’s collections of databases, Counseling and Therapy in Video is unique. Instead of the typical collection of journal articles, this database contains over 1000 hours of video. These videos are of therapy sessions, lectures, and dramatizations and are meant to be a training tool for students of psychology, counseling, and social work. Videos in this collection can be browsed by theme (ex. substance abuse), type of therapy (ex. dialectical behavior therapy), video type (ex. counseling session), or therapist. The videos feature many well-known psychologists, including Albert Bandura, Martin Seligman, and Derald Wing Sue.

The collection features videos that are valuable learning tools for support staff on college campuses, including counselors, mentors, and resident advisors. For example, “Empathy Training for Ethnic and Cultural Awareness” is a 45-minute video featuring several brief skits exemplifying the types of real-life cultural misunderstandings that can take place on a college campus. In one vignette, a student for whom English is a second language is fearful of participating in group assignments. In another scenario, ethnic tensions emerge between groups of African American and Black Caribbean students.

Students planning to enter the healthcare fields will also find this collection useful. In the two-part video “Legal and Ethical Issues for Mental Health Professionals”, actors in the roles of a journalist, clerk, and a state supreme court justice discuss several real cases to demonstrate the need for health professionals such as psychiatrists and nurses to clearly distinguish between confidentiality obligations and the legal duty to report certain crimes.

To access Counseling and Therapy in Video, search UConn Libraries’ alphabetical databases list: Off-campus users will be asked to log-in with their NetID and password.

New Books for Social Psychology- Intergroup Relations

How does disharmony occur between groups? This question is addressed in Intergroup Misunderstandings: Impact of Divergent and Social Realities. The books’ editors are Stéphanie Demoulin and Jacques-Philippe Leyens of Catholic University of Louvain, and John Dovidio of Yale University (formerly of UConn). These editors bring together a collection which looks at this problem from the dual perspectives of groups of unequal status, such as the majority/minority or the stigmatized/stigmatizers. The book makes the central argument that groups in opposition misunderstand one another because they operate within different social realities, interact with incompatible goals, and use competing strategies to pursue those goals. UConn Professor Felicia Pratto, who studies social dominance and intergroup relations, contributes to chapter 12’s “Talking about Power: Group Power and the Desired Content of Intergroup Interactions”.

When Groups Meet: The Dynamics of Intergroup Contact describes a meta-analysis of 515 research studies that examine the relationship between prejudice and intergroup interaction. The authors, Thomas Pettigrew of the University of California Santa Cruz, and Linda Tropp of University of Massachusetts Amherst, find that increased contact between groups general reduces prejudice, supporting intergroup contact theory.

 

Both of these books are available for checkout at Babbidge Library. Click on the links for the call numbers or to request these books.

Finding Psychological Tests

Finding psychological instruments can be a challenge to researchers. One problem is that there is no single source for finding tests. You may have to search within several sources to find the test you want. Another challenge is that some tests are sold commercially, while other may have been cited in an article without having been made available for purchase. Below you’ll find seven of the most-used sources for locating tests. You can find other sources by referring to UConn Libraries Tests & Measures research guide .

Published Tests

1.       Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY) database contains information on over 4,000 published tests. MMY does not contain the actual tests.  Each record in MMY tells you the purpose, intended audience, scoring information, price, and provides the publisher contact information. In addition, MMY contains reviews by psychologists that give historical background and explain the validity and reliability of the tests. To access MMY, click the link above and select the link for Mental Measurements Yearbook.  UConn Libraries also has the MMY in print.

2.       Tests in Print (TIP) database is a comprehensive index of all published tests. TIP contains much of the same information as MMY but does not include reviews. To access TIP, use the link above and select Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print. This is a database which combines the content of MMY and TIP. TIP is also available in print.

3.       Tests is a directory of psychology, education, and business tests. Tests is organized by topic (i.e. relationships, intelligence, pathology-anxiety). Tests contains a short test description, as well as the intended population, format, scoring, and a very brief description. Each volume has an Index of Publishers for locating the necessary contact information. Use this link to find the print volumes in the library: Tests

4.       Test Critiques as the name implies, provides detailed reviews of frequently-used tests in psychology, education, and business. Test Critiques is a multivolume set. Each volume contains an Index of Test Titles, Index of Test Publishers, and a Subject Index. Use this link to find the print volumes in the library: Test Critiques

Unpublished Tests

1.       Tests in Microfiche is a collection of actual unpublished tests. The tests in this collection were developed between 1975 and 2004. Each test is reproduced in microfiche. To search for a test, search the ETS Test Collection database. To search this database:

  • Select the Advanced Search tab
  • Type TIM in the TitleSearch box to search for a test in the Tests in Microfiche collection
  • In the next row of search boxes, enter your subject
  • Once you have identified a test, make a note of the call number. You can then find the test on the third floor of the Microfiche Collection at Babbidge Library.

2.       Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI) database has information on 15,000 published and unpublished psychological instruments.  You cannot find an actual test in HAPI, but you can find a citation to the research which produced the test. To search HAPI:

  • Type your topic
  • For each result, view the Complete Reference
  • Look at the Availability field for information about obtaining the instrument
  • When searching you can also limit your search by checking the Primary Source box to search for records which cite the original source in which the instrument was published.

3.       PsycINFO database is familiar to most as the chief resource for finding abstracts to research in psychology. PsycINFO can be used to find tests by using the following steps:

  • Select Advanced Search
  • In the first row of search boxes, type appended and select TM Tests & Measures from the drop-down menu
  • In the next row, type your topic and select KW Keywords from the drop-down menu

While consulting these sources, keep in mind that you should contact the creator or the copyright holder if you want to use or reproduce a test.

If you need help, contact Dawn Cadogan, Liaison to Psychology and Communication Sciences at Storrs campus / dawn.cadogan@uconn.edu / 486-6976.

New: There will be a workshop on finding psychological tests in HAPI and MMY on Friday, February 18, 2011, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The class will be held in Electronic Classroom 1 on Level 1 of Babbidge Library. To reserve a seat at this workshop, visit the Uconn Libraries workshops page.