Adaptive scales use a computerized algorithm to tailor the administration of items to each test-taker depending on the responses they provide to previously administered questions. Adaptive tests seek to administer as few items to each test-taker as possible until a certain level of accuracy is obtained. They differ from static short scales given that the number and type of items that are presented may differ substantially across each test-taker depending on their final score.
We have simulated the performance of a range of computerized adaptive tests for mental disorders as well as broad spectra, such as internalizing disorders. The program files to run the adaptive tests will be made available and are free to use for non-profit research or in clinical settings.
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