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Online assessment: desirable or dangerous?

Buchanan, Tom (2002) Online assessment: desirable or dangerous? Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 33 (2). pp. 148-154. ISSN 0735-7028

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0735-7028.33.2.148


Internet-mediated psychological assessment procedures can play an important role in behavioral telehealth, but their use is not unproblematic. Possible uses of World Wide Web-based tests are discussed. Published empirical evaluations of Web-based personality tests indicate that they can be reliable and valid. However, evidence exists that Web-based versions of tests may not always measure the same constructs as their traditional antecedents: Equivalence cannot be assumed. Web-based clinical assessment seems viable, but there are potential difficulties with measurement of some constructs (particularly negative affect), as well as ethical considerations. While offering great potential, online tests of clinical constructs require stringent validation and cautious use.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:147
Deposited On:25 Nov 2005
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