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Validation of MAP-NET-A network analysis tool

Journal article
Authors A. Gerdner
Anette Skårner
S. C. Holmberg
A. Hakansson
Published in Cogent Psychology
Volume 5
Issue 1
ISSN 2331-1908
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Social Work
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1080/23311908.2018.15...
Keywords Computerised assessment, personal network, substance use problems, validity, reliability, Psychology
Subject categories Social Work

Abstract

MAP-NET (Measure and Analysis of Personal NETwork) is a computerised instrument for assessment of the personal networks of persons with substance use disorders and related problems, with information on individual, relational and structural levels, designed to give immediate feedback to be used in clinical interviews, and to provide relevant measures for research. The study investigates its validity and reliability, by using a combination of validation strategies including factor analysis and internal consistency of scales, convergent and predictive validity, sensitivity to social desirability and agreement with collateral interviews. The scales demonstrate satisfactory construct validity and acceptable to excellent internal consistency and convergent and predictive validity with relevant other scales. There is low sensitivity to social desirability and other bias. There is substantial agreement with collateral interviews on the most sensitive variables. Thus, MAP-NET has the qualities needed for clinical use and research.

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