Health & Psychosocial Instruments, or HaPI, is a database exclusively containing citations to instruments, uses of those instruments in the literature, and evaluations of those instruments. Its subject matter broadly covers the health and social sciences. It does not contain the full-text of any instruments, nor does it have easy linking to full-text sources, unlike most of our other databases.
Some instruments may be obtained directly from HaPI's publisher at no cost to you. Look in the Availability field for text that says "To obtain a copy of this instrument from Behavioral Measurement Database Services (BMDS)...." Send the following to the listed email: Your name, phone number and mailing address, institution (UMass Dartmouth), a brief summary of your research project, the name of the instrument, and the accession number, which is listed in the HaPI record. Turnaround time for instrument requests is typically 3-5 business days.
HaPI lets you search very specific types of documents. You'll have better results if you choose only one to search at a time.
The ones you're most likely to search are:
While HaPI records include common fields like Title, Acronym, and Abstract, they also have a few important unique fields:
Use keywords to describe the topic that interests you.
You may need to try a number of synonyms, since HaPI has very brief abstracts and sometimes a peculiar vocabulary.
If you get stuck, try searching the Indexes for keywords until you find one that the database recognizes as significant.
If you're getting too many results, and you think you've found the right words to describe your topic, you can use the drop-downs to search specifically in fields like ME Measure or SA Sample. Some combination of fields could be the most successful at narrowing your results.
Be sure to limit to the type of source you want. Remember, if you search for a Primary Source you'll locate articles in which the instrument was originally presented; in a Secondary Source, you'll see ways in which the creator or other researchers used it in later studies.
Type the name of your test, in quotes if you're sure of the exact title, and choose TI Title from the drop-down menu.
If you know the acronym, use the AC Acronym field instead.
The default search will include both these fields, so you can try that, too, especially if you're not positive of the exact test name or acronym.
Follow the instructions for searching by topic or title and limit to Review Source.
HaPI records are about the research instrument; the source (primary, secondary, or any other type) is listed in the Source field.
Remember, by using the instructions below, you are not necessarily obtaining the instrument itself. You'll be locating the source in which the instrument was introduced, described, validated, utilized or otherwise mentioned. You likely won't know if the instrument is included in the article in full until you see the source listed by HaPI.
To locate the most common type of source, a journal article, follow these steps: