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Speight, S. (2003). Recommendations for the psychological treatment of persons of African descent (Chapter 3). Psychological treatment of ethnic minority populations, Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests, Washington, DC: Association of Black Psychologists. , Studts, J. , & Caldwell, D. S. (2002). Recent advances and future directions in the biopsychosocial assessment and treatment of arthritis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 70(3), 640–655.

He discovered that because of the way he treated his subjects, they behaved as he had expected them to. The participants’ performance was an artifact of how Rosenthal treated them during the study. He quickly realized he had stumbled upon an interesting human phenomenon of interpersonal expectancy effect, where the belief of one person alters how he/she interacts with another, which elicits from that person the very behavior the first person was expecting to see. So, if Jon enters into a situation with Marc, expecting Marc to be irrational, Jon may treat Marc irrationally, causing Marc to behave irrationally.

From this, he uncovered that the Hamilton Rating Scale was measuring five different constructs of depression: anhedonia/retardation, guilt/agitation, bodily symptoms, insomnia, and appetite. By separating each cultural group and looking for systematic differences in the constructs, Furukawa et al. was able to evaluate construct validity while demonstrating cultural equivalence. In addition to the use of factor analysis, to assure construct validity one must be vigilant to actively search for signs of cultural influence that could function as systematic error.

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