Computers will become increasingly important for psychological assessment: not that there's anything wrong with that!

Psychol Assess. 2000 Mar;12(1):31-9. doi: 10.1037//1040-3590.12.1.31.


Though one can expect that computer programs will become increasingly important for psychological assessment, current automated assessment programs and statistical-prediction rules are of limited value. Validity has not been clearly established for many automated assessment programs. Statistical-prediction rules are of limited value because they have typically been based on limited information that has not been demonstrated to be optimal and they have almost never been shown to be powerful. Recommendations are made for building and evaluating new computer programs. Finally, comments are made about the ethics of using computers to make judgments.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Decision Making, Computer-Assisted
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted / statistics & numerical data*
  • Ethics, Medical
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mental Disorders / therapy
  • Personality Assessment / statistics & numerical data*
  • Psychometrics
  • Software