ERIC Number: EJ1059654
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
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Construction and Validation of the Clinical Judgment Skill Inventory: Clinical Judgment Skill Competencies That Measure Counselor Debiasing Techniques
Austin, Bryan S.; Leahy, Michael J.
Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, v29 n1 p27-46 2015
Purpose: To construct and validate a new self-report instrument, the Clinical Judgment Skill Inventory (CJSI), inclusive of clinical judgment skill competencies that address counselor biases and evidence-based strategies. Method: An Internet-based survey design was used and an exploratory factor analysis was performed on a sample of rehabilitation counselor educators' (n = 126) ratings of clinical judgment skill importance for effective rehabilitation counseling practice. Results: New knowledge of 7 empirically supported clinical judgment skill areas of debiasing techniques (scientific attitude, cultural bias, cognitive complexity, memory bias, confirmatory bias, negative bias, and evidence-based practice) was generated. Conclusion: The 35-item CJSI has initial empirical evidence to support its reliability and validity and to assess clinical judgment skill competencies (debiasing techniques) of master's students in rehabilitation counseling programs. However, follow-up studies and use of confirmatory factor analysis are needed to further test and substantiate the CJSI's content and construct validity.
Descriptors: Test Construction, Competence, Counselor Qualifications, Online Surveys, Factor Analysis, Rehabilitation Counseling, Counselor Training, Knowledge Level, Skill Development, Test Validity, Test Reliability, Masters Programs, Graduate Students, Student Evaluation, Bias
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