Computer-Based Assessment

James N. Butcher, Julia N. Perry and Brooke L. Dean

in Oxford Handbook of Personality Assessment

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195366877
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Computer-Based Assessment

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Psychological testing has become integral to clinical and forensic practice in contemporary psychology today, and numerous psychological assessments exist for use by clinicians and researchers alike. These assessments and tests provide evaluation for various areas of functioning, such as neuropsychology, personality, career interests and values, and psychopathology. There are generally two sources of information available for computer-based personality tests: the published psychological literature and the publisher's catalogs of commercially available tests. This article provides a contemporary overview of computer-based personality assessment, examines the extent of current computer-based assessment, presents a historical context for computerized psychological assessment, and illustrates computer-based personality assessment with a clinical case example. It also addresses some contemporary issues in computer-based assessment, including computer-adapted test administration strategies and the use of the Internet to conduct psychological assessments. In addition, the article looks at some computer applications for use in clinical assessment in three areas: clinical interview and diagnosis, psychopathology screening, and psychotherapy treatment intervention.

Keywords: Internet; computer-based assessment; psychological testing; personality assessment; psychopathology screening; psychotherapy; clinical interview; diagnosis; test administration; computer applications

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Subjects: Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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