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Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI)

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Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI) provides information about measurement instruments (i.e., questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, index measures, rating scales, and projective tests) in the health fields, psychology, sociology, social work, and the other social sciences. Published by the Behavioral Measurement Database Services, and updated regularly since 1985, HaPI assists researchers and students, to identify measures needed for research studies, grants, dissertations, and program evaluation. HaPI provides a means of locating a variety of instruments in journal articles and book chapters.

HaPI is available to current UT Arlington Faculty, and UT Arlington Students on the web at this address:



A truncation symbol in Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI) is an asterisk (*), and when this symbol is put at the end of a word, the database will be searched for all of the possible endings--suffixes--for that word.

Two Boolean operators that are important in finding information are AND and OR. The AND is used to connect two different concepts and the OR is used between concepts that are synonymous. It is critical to put parentheses around a search expression that contains an OR. Here is an example:

depress* AND (elder* OR older adult*)

The first part of this statement will find material about depression. The second part will look for the words "elderly or elders" or "older adults". The AND then links the first set with the second. This should be an effective way to look for measurement instruments related to depression among the elderly.

John Dillard, MA, MS - - dillard@uta.edu
Social Work and Social Sciences Librarian

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