Why & caveats
Online questionnaires, self-tests, screening tools - whatever you want to call it - are not new. However, I have found that, personally, the user interface (UI) on most online psychology self-tests can be quite overwhelming. I am in no place to call the UI "bad" - just overwhelming.
Being overwhelming can drive people to click away instead of completing the tests, which means less people are benefiting from these tools than it could be. I thought, perhaps, I can join in and try to get high completion rates.
Mental-Screening was inspired by a project for a former client of mine. The plan was to present an existing, scientifically-validated psychological questionnaires in a friendlier step-by-step user interface.
For the project so far, out of around 12,000 test takers, the overall completion rate hovers around 92% (the average for ~20 questions is 87%). The average bounce rate - that means visitors navigating away before clicking anything - is only ~19% (the average is about 40%).
Shown below is one of the more active days (from Clicky):
Shown above are stats for the aforementioned website, not this website you're on. Note that the actions number is skewed because the page reloads for each question. I regret that decision.
Anyway, the aforementioned project is only being used by people in a specific demographic. My hope for Mental-Screening is that it can help people all across the globe (or disk, if you're a flat-Earther).
While these tools are scientifically-validated and most are used by mental health professionals in clinical settings, they are not meant to replace face-to-face, clinical diagnosis by mental health professionals with actual qualifications and years of experience.
Please think of these as screening tools to help with your decision-making - to get help, for example. Share your results link with a professional or two.
I am not a qualified mental health professional. My paper qualification is in engineering and I am a programmer. It's just that I have personally benefited from tools like these and want to pay it forward. My journey to finally getting my crippling social anxiety under control began with a questionnaire called Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN).
It's a tiny, tiny thing but it makes me feel like I am contributing to the betterment of the world, and hopefully it does.
- Mas Mattesar
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