Psychological Measurements, Sexual Orientation Bias in

Psychological measurement is an important and powerful component of the mental health field. Extremely important educational, occupational, and clinical decisions are made on the basis of psychological evaluations, which are in turn often based heavily on specific psychological measurements. There are two potential points of bias in psychological measurement: (1) bias within the instruments themselves and (2) bias on the part of the clinician who is interpreting the test scores those instruments yield. This entry thoroughly examines those two points of potential bias in psychological measurement as related specifically to sexual orientation.

Bias in Psychological Instruments

Psychological instruments are widely used and carry a great deal of weight behind them. As many were developed in the mid- to late 20th century, both the language used within them ...

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