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Principles, Standards, and Guidelines that Impact Test Development and Use and Sources of Information

Thomas Oakland

in The Oxford Handbook of International Psychological Ethics

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199739165
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199739165.013.0015

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Principles, Standards, and Guidelines that Impact Test Development and Use and Sources of Information

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Test development and use may constitute psychology's most important technical contribution to the behavior sciences. Tests are found universally, albeit distributed unevenly. Despite their somewhat widespread use, ethics codes from only 20 psychological associations address issues associated with test development and use. However, services from professionals engaged in test development and use are likely to find general guidance from policies promulgated by international (i.e., World Health Organization, International Union of Psychological Sciences, and the International Association of Applied Psychology) and regional professional associations. Guidelines from the International Test Commission specifically address issues important to test adaptation and use. Guidelines from the American Psychological Association, British Psychological Society, and Canadian Psychological Association also are featured. Prominent sources that provide information on tests are identified.

Keywords: test development; International Test Commission; international test use; ethics codes; principles; standards; virtues

Article.  10051 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; History and Systems in Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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