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The following ethical issues are taken from our text (584-585). Please choose one of the following ethical dilemmas, and discuss how this dilemma relates to the ethical principles related to Psychological Testing.

  • Dr. Nina, a school psychologist, will be testing Jim, a troublesome and possiblytroubled, 12 year old, referred by the school principal. Dr.Nina will assess Jim’sintelligence, probably with the WISC-III, and personality characteristics, withseveral different inventories. Of course, Dr. Nina will also interview Jim, talkwith his teachers, and review his school records. Should Dr. Nina tell Jim aboutthe purposes of the testing? Or would it be better to disguise those purposes? What should Dr. Nina tell Jim’s parents before the testing? What about after thetesting? Should Dr. Nina inform the parents fully about the results? Or wouldthey be better off not knowing everything?
  • Psychological Test Resources, Inc. (PTR), a publisher of psychological tests, hasa well-established instrument for assessing attention deficits. The test manualprovides an excellent array of validity and reliability data, as well as up-to-datenorms. PTR has just developed a computer-based version of the traditionalpaper-and-pencil form of the test. What studies should PTR undertake beforereleasing the new computer-based version?
  • Dr. Mark uses the computer-based interpretive report for the MMPI-2 (seep. 511). Whose responsibility is it to ensure that the report is validly interpreted–Dr. Mark’s or the people who prepared the report? Who should worry about this?
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