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Reliability in dream research: a methodological note.
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PMID:  11790039     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The coefficients of internal consistency and retest reliability had been rarely investigated within the methodology of dream content analysis. Analyzing a dream series of elderly, healthy persons obtained from weekly telephone interviews, the internal consistency of a series of 20 dreams and retests after 4 or 22 weeks, respectively, had been computed. The findings indicate that dream recall and dream length are quite stable, but dream characteristics such as bizarreness and emotional tone underlie large intraindividual fluctuations. In order to obtain reliable measures for these variables which will be important for correlational studies, including waking-life trait measures, one has to obtain as many dreams as possible (about 20) in a very short time period. Further research is needed to extend the present findings to diary dreams and laboratory dreams.
M Schredl; A T Funkhouser; C M Cornu; H P Hirsbrunner; M Bahro
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Consciousness and cognition     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1053-8100     ISO Abbreviation:  Conscious Cogn     Publication Date:  2001 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-15     Completed Date:  2002-04-16     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9303140     Medline TA:  Conscious Cogn     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  496-502     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2001 Elsevier Science (USA).
Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, 68072, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Random Allocation
Reproducibility of Results
Research / standards*

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