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Psychological Test Usage
Tests most often used by clinical psychologists

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From Ball, J. D.; Archer, Robert P.; Imhof, Eric A. (1994). Time Requirements of Psychological Testing: A Survey of Practitioners. Journal of Personality Assessment, 63(2), 239-249. See abstract below.

  Most Used   Longest to Administer  

Rank

Test

N

Test

Mean Minutes

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
Wechsler IQ Scales
Rorschach
TAT
MMPI
WRAT
BVMGT
Sentence Completion
Human Figure
H-T-P
BDI
WMS
Kinetic Family
PPVT
VMI
Stanford-Binet
BVRT
MCMI
CBCL
Halstead-Reitan
CBRS
PIAT
Vineland
MAPI
Woodcock-Johnson
130
102
97
92
90
89
85
68
64
64
58
57
55
41
38
32
31
30
29
29
28
28
27
26
Halstead-Reitan
Woodcock-Johnson
Wechsler IQ Scales
Stanford-Binet
MMPI
Rorschach
PIAT
WMS
Vineland
TAT
MCMI
MAPI
WRAT
PPVT
CBCL
Sentence Completion
H-T-P
BVRT
VMI
BVMGT
Kinetic Family
Human Figure
CBRS
BDI
270.69
77.12
75.62
74.73
66.18
49.41
47.5
44.22
41.6
40.41
30.65
29.89
28.22
24.64
23.83
19.74
15.97
15.41
14.88
13.94
12.63
12.31
11.55
11.13
  Longest to Score   Longest to Interpret  

Rank

Test

Mean Minutes

Test

Mean Minutes

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
Halstead-Reitan
Rorschach
Stanford-Binet
Woodcock-Johnson
TAT
MCMI
Wechsler IQ Scales
MMPI
Vineland
Sentence Completion
Wechsler Mem Scale
PPVT
MAPI
PIAT
CBCL
WRAT
H-T-P
BVRT
VMI
BVMGT
Human Figure
CBRS
Kinetic Family
BDI
54.30
46.09
25.42
24.31
24.07
23.41
21.61
20.33
20.18
17.10
16.53
16.53
15.47
14.75
14.34
12.16
11.75
10.90
10.46
10.02
9.82
9.10
8.55
6.40
Halstead-Reitan
Rorschach
TAT
MMPI
Stanford-Binet
Wechsler IQ Scales
Woodcock-Johnson
MCMI
MAPI
Sentence Completion
Vineland
Wechsler Mem Scale
PPVT
PIAT
H-T-P
CBCL
WRAT
Human Figure
BVMGT
Kinetic Family
CBRS
VMI
BVRT
BDI
65.82
50.14
29.95
28.15
25.22
24.97
24.6
22.78
21.21
17.96
17.85
17.14
17.14
16.37
14.05
13
12.3
11.25
10.47
10.41
9.77
9.54
8.84
8.33

Abstracts

Assessment 2000 Sep;7(3):227-35
Psychological test usage with adolescent clients: survey update.
Archer RP, Newsom CR.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk 23507, USA.

In 1991, Archer, Maruish, Imhof, and Piotrowski presented survey findings based on the responses of a national sample of psychologists who performed psychological assessment with adolescent clients. The current survey was designed to update their results by examining the test use practices reported by 346 psychologists who work with adolescents in a variety of clinical and academic settings. These respondents represented an adjusted survey return rate of 36% and predominantly consisted of doctoral prepared psychologists (95%) in private practice settings (51%). The survey respondents had a mean of 13.6 years of post-degree clinical experience, and spent an average of 45% of their clinical time working with adolescents. Survey results reveal a substantial similarity in test usage between the 1991 survey and the current investigation. For example, the Wechsler Intelligence Scales, Rorschach, Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), and Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) remain among the widely used tests with adolescents. However, several changes were also noted including a reduction in the use of the Bender-Gestalt and increases in the use of parent and teacher rating instruments. The current findings are used to estimate the relative popularity of an extensive list of test instruments, compare current findings to 1991 survey results, and to examine several issues related to general effects of managed care procedures and policies on test usage with adolescents.

PMID: 11037390 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
 

J Pers Assess 1994 Oct;63(2):239-49
Time requirements of psychological testing: a survey of practitioners.
Ball JD, Archer RP, Imhof EA.
Department of Psychiatry, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Virginia Beach 23462.

Surveys regarding practitioner perceptions of time requirements for psychological testing were mailed to a national sample of clinical psychologists. There were 228 (36%) returns from 630 mailings actually received. On the basis of 151 usable returns from respondents who conduct psychological testing services, data are presented separately for time requirements associated with administering, scoring, and interpreting the 24 most commonly used tests. Data are also presented regarding the composition of typical test batteries and practitioner usage of technician and/or computer assistance in psychological testing. The implications of these data for research and practice are discussed.

PMID: 7965569 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


J Pers Assess 1998 Jun;70(3):441-7
The impact of "managed care" on the practice of psychological testing: preliminary findings.
Piotrowski C, Belter RW, Keller JW.
Department of Psychology, University of West Florida, USA.

Although the impact of managed care constraints on assessment practices has received recent attention, a review of the literature found no data-based articles that address this issue. We report survey data on 137 members of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, 1996) on current testing practices. The majority (72%) reported that their use of tests has changed in the last 5 years due to managed care directives. These clinicians are doing less testing overall and restrict their pool of assessment instruments. The Rorschach inkblot technique (Rorschach, 1942), the Thematic Apperception Test (Murray, 1943), and the Wechsler Intelligence scales (Matarazzo, 1972) were the instruments most noted for disuse. Apparently, practitioners are relying more on short, brief self-report measures that tap targeted symptoms or problem areas, and less on tests that demand considerable clinicians' time. Implications and limitations of the findings are discussed.

PMID: 9760737 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


More Abstracts
 

Articles

National Academy of Neuropsychology/Division 40 of the American Psychological Association Practice Survey of Clinical Neuropsychology in the United States:

Part I: Practitioner and Practice Characteristics, Professional Activities, and Time Requirements Sweet J, Peck E, Abramowitz C, Etzweiler S. (2002). The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 16 (2), 109-127.

Part II: Reimbursement experiences, practice economics, billing practices, and incomes. Sweet J, Peck E, Abramowitz C, Etzweiler S. (2003) Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology 18 557-582.

Books

Clinical Neuropsychology and Cost Outcomes Research: A Beginning. Prigatano GP and Pliskin NH, Eds. (2002). (NAN Book Series). Brighton: Psychology Press.
 

Additional References

Proposed schedule of usual and customary test administration times. Ludin, K., DeFillipis, N. (1999). The Clinical Neuropsychologist,13, 433-436

Psychological testing and psychological assessment: A review of evidence and issues. Meyer G, Finn S, Eyde L, Kay G, Moreland K, Dies R, Eisman E, Kubiszyn, T, Read G. (2001) American Psychologist, 56(2) 128-165. Among other issues, this article reviews the validity of psychological assessment, including a comparison to medical testing.
 

Psychological test usage: Implications in professional psychology. Camara W, Nathan J, Puente A. (2000). Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 31(2), 141-154. This article includes a table of minutes to administer, minutes to score, and minutes to interpret each of several tests by both clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists.

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