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Disclosure of Psychological Test Data

More than any other form of clinical service, psychological testing sets apart the contributions of psychologists from those of other mental health professionals. The results of psychological tests may determine whether examinees can qualify for benefits, obtain employment, or be compensated for injuries. Psychological test responses may contain highly sensitive and potentially embarrassing admissions. In the most serious of criminal proceedings, psychological test scores may literally become a life-or-death matter. Psychological tests are often exhaustively—and expensively—standardized instruments that represent a very substantial investment of time and money by the persons who develop and distribute them. For these reasons, the disclosure of psychological test data is a clinically, ethically, and legally complex consideration.

Requests for disclosure may come from any number of sources. Fellow clinicians may ...

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