Responsive Assessment and the Freedom to Think for Ourselves

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ABSTRACT.Limitations on psychological assessment practices can affect quality of the assessment and welfare of the client/patient. Payment-based restrictions on time and test selection create examiner conflicts of interest. Referrer and reviewer requirements for established tests can have a chilling effect on innovative assessment and test development. Standardized norms are inappropriate for some impaired patients or persons outside the dominant culture, and they can be unreliable. Some referral sources expect scores in communications of examination findings, yet misinterpretations of scores by lay persons can go against client/patient interests. Determination of how to communicate assessment data is a responsibility of psychologists. These problems can be best resolved by educating the public about the ethical practice and practical issues of psychological assessment.

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