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NCJ Number: 156313 Find in a Library
Title: Seven Issues in Conducting Forensic Assessments: Ethical Responsibilities in Light of New Standards and New Tests
Journal: Ethics and Behavior  Volume:3  Issue:3 and 4  Dated:(1993)  Pages:267-288
Author(s): J N Butcher; K S Pope
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 22
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Ethical aspects of forensic assessments are discussed.
Abstract: The purpose of this article is to note seven major issues confronting forensic psychologists and others who use psychological tests in light of the publication of a new ethics code for the American Psychological Association (1992), new guidelines (Committee on Ethical Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists, 1991), and two versions of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). The seven issues explored are: appropriate graduate training; competence in the use of standardized tests; using tests that fit the task; using tests that fit the individual; administering tests correctly; using computers appropriately in forensic assessment; and assessing and reporting factors that may affect the meaning of test findings. The revision of the MMPI is used to illustrate some of these issues. The origins, psychometric characteristics, and methodology of the original MMPI and its two revised versions are summarized in the context of the examples presented. References
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Code of ethics; Courts; Expert witnesses; Forensic psychology; Psychological evaluation; Psychology
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