Psychological tests: Clinical usage versus psychometric quality

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31 academic psychologists ranked the 10 most used psychological tests for their “overall quality of psychometric refinement.” Comparisons were made between test quality and test usage in 1969 and 1974. A significant relationship was found between test quality ranks and test usage ranks in 1974. Agreement among psychologists' rankings was high. Results show that objective-format tests, which are beginning to realize a greater use clinically than projective techniques, were viewed as better psychometrically. Although a significant relationship was found between test quality and usage, only one-third of the variance in test usage was accounted for by test quality, indicating that test usage was not primarily a function of test quality. (23 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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