TitleComputers in clinical assessment: Historical developments, present status, and future challenges
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsButcher, JN, Perry, JL, Hahn, JA
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0021-9762 (Print); 1097-4679 (Electronic)
Accession Number2004-11596-008
Keywordsclinical assessment, computerized testing method, Internet, psychological assessment services

Computerized testing methods have long been regarded as a potentially powerful asset for providing psychological assessment services. Ever since computers were first introduced and adapted to the field of assessment psychology in the 1950s, they have been a valuable aid for scoring, data processing, and even interpretation of test results. The history and status of computer-based personality and neuropsychological tests are discussed in this article. Several pertinent issues involved in providing test interpretation by computer are highlighted. Advances in computer-based test use, such as computerized adaptive testing, are described and problems noted. Today, there is great interest in expanding the availability of psychological assessment applications on the Internet. Although these applications show great promise, there are a number of problems associated with providing psychological tests on the Internet that need to be addressed by psychologists before the Internet can become a major medium for psychological service delivery. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)