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Changing or Replacing an Established Psychological Assessment Standard: Issues, Goals, and Problems with Special Reference to Recent Developments in the MMPI-2

Michelle B. Ranson, David S. Nichols, Steven V. Rouse and Jennifer L. Harrington

in Oxford Handbook of Personality Assessment

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195366877
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195366877.013.0007

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Changing or Replacing an Established Psychological Assessment Standard: Issues, Goals, and Problems with Special Reference to Recent Developments in the MMPI-2

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The question of whether to revise a psychological test often emerges during the test development phase rather than after the publication of the test because there are always unanswered questions or alternative strategies one could have taken. For a personality assessment “standard” that has found broad acceptance among practitioners and researchers the considerations which bear on its change or revision can be especially complex and demanding. Several valid reasons for test revision have been mentioned in the literature, but they generally fall into two categories: “deficiency changes” and “growth changes.” This article reviews literature relevant to the process of test revision, including how changes in a test are to be occasioned and warranted; the motives that may become involved in driving changes; and the various ethical expectations, implications, and responsibilities which have a role to play in guiding and influencing all of these. It presents a case study to illustrate some of the recent issues that have emerged with proposed changes to the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) and its RC Scales.

Keywords: MMPI-2; RC Scales; test revision; personality; personality assessment; deficiency changes; growth changes; test development

Article.  21242 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing ; Clinical Psychology

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