Q: Who may purchase Qpass?
Only a qualified professional (that is, someone with at least a master’s degree in a psychology-related field and who has a graduate course in psychological assessment) may purchase Qpass and provide detailed, clinical interpretations of scores. However, Qpass may be administered and scored by anyone under the purchaser’s supervision, such as office staff, interns, or paraprofessionals.
Q. How can Q-PASS collect so much psychological data in only 10 minutes?
Q-PASS quickly and accurately collects 105 psychological symptoms by means of a unique, innovative testing format called “Quick-Flow,” in which responses to economically worded items are collected in “parcels” under select item headings.
Q: Why is Q-PASS So Low-Priced?
It’s the mission of Qpass to expand the assessment of psychological vitals signs -- depression, anxiety, and anger -- by making their measurement convenient and inexpensive. In order to reduce costs, this high quality instrument is being made available to you directly from the test developer, instead of through a testing company. Also, word-of-mouth recommendations by highly satisfied purchasers are expected to reduce the need for expensive advertising.
Q: May I purchase Depression-Scan separately from Qpass?
No. Depression-Scan is part of , which is designed to assess depression, anxiety, anger and other related constructs. According to the Negaffect Model of Psychopathology -- the theoretical foundation upon which Qpass is based -- anxiety and anger are also important dimensions of psychopathology. Hence, you are highly encouraged to assess all three emotional dimensions of psychopathology, which takes only a few minutes longer than measuring one, when you use Qpass. However, if for any reason you wish to assess only depression, you may instruct the examinee to respond to the Qpass depression items only.
Q: Can Qpass be used with adolescents?
Yes, but judiciously. Although 3% of the development sample (N=386) consisted of 18 year olds, the reliability and validity of Qpass in adolescents have not yet been directly tested. Hence, when Qpass is used with adolescents, the limitations of Qpass results should be recognized by the clinician, and described when offering interpretation of Qpass scores.
Q: Does Qpass discriminate Bipolar Disorder and ADHD?
Qpass has items that assess symptoms of Bipolar Disorder (such as "loss of sleep"
and "feeling rested after only 2-3 hours of sleep" and "strong urges to talk and talk" and "spending or
gambling sprees") on its experimental "Manic Episode" scale, which has fairly good face validity and
good internal consistency (alpha=.75) as described in the professional manual. Qpass
also assess some features of ADHD (such as "difficulty concentrating" and "difficulty sitting or staying
still") on the "Unsustained Effort" subscale of Depression Scan, also described in the manual. Scores on
these scales and analysis of responses to the items on these two Qpass measures can
assist the clinician in differential diagnosis for ADHD and Biploar in adolescents and adults. However,
as of this writing, Qpass does not provide any formal procedure for discriminating
bipolar from ADHD and there has not yet been a study on its ability to do so. If there are any researchers
who want to pursue this topic, I would be very supportive of their efforts.
Q: We need a quick screening instrument in our domestic violence program.
Can QPASS screen for potential violence and anger impulse control?
Yes. In addition to measuring depression and anxiety, which are often experienced by domestic
violence (DV) offenders, QPASS also assesses violence potential and anger
impulse control. QPASS's 28-item Anger-Scan scale has six useful subscales
in providing an "anger profile" in DV offenders, and features the Violence Risk Scale, which assesses
malevolence (“desires for harm to come on someone”), urges to beat or hit someone, urges to kill someone,
and the respondent’s self-rated likelihood to kill or harm someone physically in the near future.
High scores on the Violence Risk Scale and the "Anger Out / Physical" Subscale of Anger-Scan indicate
that the respondent has anger impulse control problems and strong violent urges that could place him
or her at risk for committing a violent act. Even low scores on the Violence Risk Scale could indicate
the need for close observation and monitoring of the respondent’s violent potential.