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Investigating the role of implicit processes regarding fatigue using a word association test

Schlesiger, Dion (2015) Investigating the role of implicit processes regarding fatigue using a word association test.

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Abstract:Objective. In this study, it was investigated to what extent implicit measures are appropriate to measure fatigue, using a Word Association Test. Method. A Word Association Test was compiled to assess fatigue implicitly. In total, 50 participants filled out the implicit measure, additionally to three standardized explicit measures, a Numerical Rating Scale (NRS), the Vitality/Fatigue subscale of the Research and Development 36-Item Health Survey (RAND-36), and the Checklist for Individual Strength (CIS20R). After the completion of these measures, the participant performed a self-coding on his/her answers on the implicit measure. In addition to this, two researchers coded the answers independently. To assess the coding agreement, an interrater-reliability was applied. Afterwards, the implicit test was correlated with each explicit measure to assess possible relations. Results. The analysis showed poor to fair interrater-agreement between the three raters. Furthermore, the correlations between the implicit measures and the explicit measures showed no significant relations. Conclusion. The results gave no indications for implicit testing with regard to fatigue as an appropriate measure. However, more methodologically sound and well-investigated implicit tests could be promising alternative to measure fatigue more accurately and may serve as an addition to the existing standardized explicit measurements.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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