How to Use Computer-Based Reports

James N. Butcher

in Oxford Handbook of Personality Assessment

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

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

How to Use Computer-Based Reports

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Computers have become an indispensable component in psychological assessment in most health-care, forensic, mental health, and personnel settings. This article addresses several aspects of the use of computer-based psychological test reports. It describes the rationale and value of using computerized psychological tests in clinical assessment. Computer-based psychological test results can be obtained quite rapidly, saving practioners' valuable time for use in early clinical sessions. The methods of computer test data processing that practitioners can employ are varied and include the following data-entry methods: mail-in service, in-office computer processing, fax-processing option, and Internet-based test applications. The article also considers shortened or abbreviated forms of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2), computer adaptive testing, MMPI-2 feedback as an intervention, and use of computer-based psychological reports in forensics.

Keywords: MMPI-2; computer adaptive testing; feedback; psychological reports; forensics; abbreviated forms; computerized psychological tests; clinical assessment; mail-in service; computer processing

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Subjects: Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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