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Responsible Use of Psychological Tests: Ethical and Professional Practice Concerns

Jonathan W. Gould, David A. Martindale and James R. Flens

in The Oxford Handbook of Child Psychological Assessment

Published in print April 2013 | ISBN: 9780199796304
Published online May 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199796304.013.0011

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Responsible Use of Psychological Tests: Ethical and Professional Practice Concerns

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Psychologists bring to the task of assessing children and adolescents their knowledge of psychometrics and their skills in psychological testing. Ethical standards and professional practice guidelines admonish psychologists to select psychological assessment techniques that are reliable and valid as well as suitable for use with the population being assessed. In this chapter, we argue that when selecting psychological tests to be administered in an evaluation, psychologists must employ, not set aside, their knowledge of psychometrics: unreliable projective techniques should be eliminated from consideration.

Keywords: projective tests; projective techniques; psychological testing; ethical standards; Daubert; rules of evidence

Article.  10167 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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