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Title: Current psychometric and methodological issues in the measurement of overgeneral autobiographical memory
Authors: Griffith, James ×
Sumner, Jennifer A
Raes, Filip
Barnhofer, Thorsten
Debeer, Elise
Hermans, Dirk #
Issue Date: Dec-2012
Publisher: Elsevier Science Ltd.
Series Title: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry vol:43 issue:suppl 1 pages:S21-S31
Abstract: Autobiographical memory is a multifaceted construct that is related to psychopathology and other
difficulties in functioning. Across many studies, a variety of methods have been used to study autobiographical
memory. The relationship between overgeneral autobiographical memory (OGM) and
psychopathology has been of particular interest, and many studies of this cognitive phenomenon rely on
the Autobiographical Memory Test (AMT) to assess it. In this paper, we examine several methodological
approaches to studying autobiographical memory, and focus primarily on methodological and psychometric
considerations in OGM research. We pay particular attention to what is known about the reliability,
validity, and methodological variations of the AMT. The AMT has adequate psychometric
properties, but there is great variability in methodology across studies that use it. Methodological
recommendations and suggestions for future studies are presented.
ISSN: 0005-7916
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Psychology of Learning and Experimental Psychopathology
× corresponding author
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