ERIC Number: EJ762900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Computer-Administered Interviews and Rating Scales
Garb, Howard N.
Psychological Assessment, v19 n1 p4-13 Mar 2007
To evaluate the value of computer-administered interviews and rating scales, the following topics are reviewed in the present article: (a) strengths and weaknesses of structured and unstructured assessment instruments, (b) advantages and disadvantages of computer administration, and (c) the validity and utility of computer-administered interviews and rating scales. Computer-administered evaluations are more comprehensive and reliable and less biased than evaluations routinely conducted in clinical practice. Also, the use of continuous monitoring systems, which increasingly entail the use of computer administration, has been related to improved treatment outcome. However, the use of computer-administered interviews and rating scales will sometimes lead to false positive diagnoses, and for this reason, it is recommended that computer assessment be combined with clinical judgment.
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Rating Scales, Interviews, Evaluation Methods, Computers, Test Validity, Test Reliability, Test Bias, Psychological Evaluation, Outcomes of Treatment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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