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ERIC Number: ED316801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 9
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Psychological Testing Patterns in Mental Health Clinics and Services.
Piotrowski, Chris; Keller, Jack
In a national survey of psychological testing, researchers have suggested that future surveys of test use should report separately for individual settings. The purpose of this investigation was to gauge the status of psychological test usage in a specific type of agency. Outpatient mental health facilities and community clinics in the United States were selected and surveyed during the spring/summer of 1988. From 900 facilities with a psychologist on staff, 413 questionnaires were received. The findings revealed that the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory and Wechsler Scales were the most frequently used instruments, closely followed by the major projective techniques. The Wide Range Achievement Test, the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, the Beck Depression Inventory, and the Wechsler Memory Scale were also found to be quite popular. Apparently, clinicians rely on traditional tests despite the proliferation of new assessment instruments in the clinical literature. Overall, the findings seem to indicate that the assessment of intelligence, developmental abilities, and personality are important functions of outpatient mental health facilities. Neuropsychological and vocational evaluation seem to play a secondary role. The training programs are apparently preparing clinicians in instruction on the most popular assessment instruments. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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