Psychological tests: Clinical usage versus psychometric quality

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Abstract

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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