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(p. 231) Forensic Context Testing 

(p. 231) Forensic Context Testing
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(p. 231) Forensic Context Testing
Author(s):

Martin Fisher

, Sarah Brown

, Georgia Barnett

, and Helen Wakeling

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199356942.003.0016
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date: 20 January 2021

The forensic context is a particularly important aspect to consider when using psychometrics within this setting. There are particular ethical challenges for test users given the power imbalance experienced with test takers and the varying requirements of legislatures and jurisdictions, internationally and culturally. These issues are discussed both in terms of approach and practice, with foci on how test results are applied and also considerations of what constitutes informed consent and how that process might be understood and managed.. Issues arising in terms of validity and reliability are also discussed, with specific reference to base rates and normative sampling. The chapter also discusses the interpretation of test results and outcomes in a forensic context and across international practice. In conclusion, , the recent development and implementation of standards for registration as a forensic context test user in the United Kingdom, within EFPA guidelines, are described.

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