Prior to beginning work on this assignment, review the video Equity in Psychological Testing: A Historical Perspective and the 5 tips to improve your critical thinking – Samantha Agoos video.
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Psychological tests can be used in ways that are helpful or harmful. Ethical standards and legal constraints are placed on their use to protect the public, such as when tests are used for determining educational placement or in employment selection. For this assignment, you will write a two- to three-page paper that details a psychological testing scenario and its ethical considerations.
To successfully complete this assignment, organize your paper in the following manner using each of the headings provided below in boldface.
Paragraph 1 (Introduction)
Compose a one-paragraph introduction to your psychological testing scenario and ethical considerations. Be sure to review the University of Arizona Global Campus Writing Center’s resource Introductions & Conclusions.
Paragraph 2 (Applied Scenario)
Create a one-paragraph scenario describing a situation in which psychological testing might be utilized (e.g., learning disorder evaluation, law enforcement candidate screening, pre-surgery evaluation, competency to stand trial determination, or pre-employment testing). This list is not exhaustive.
Feel free to identify and discuss other applications of psychological testing in your scenario. Although not required, you are encouraged to create a scenario relevant to a field you would consider pursuing for your personal career.
Paragraph 3 (Ethical Concerns)
Apply the assigned readings to identify at least three potential ethical concerns based on principles from Standard 9 in the APA Ethics Code (e.g., 9.01 Bases for Assessments, 9.02 Use of Assessment, 9.03 Informed Consent in Assessment, 9.06 Interpreting Assessment Results, 9.07 Assessment by Unqualified Persons, 9.08 Obsolete Tests and Outdated Test Results, or 9.10 Explaining Assessment Results).
For each ethical concern, be specific about how the principle relates to the scenario you created.
Paragraph 4 (Test Bias, Reliability, Validity, and Ethics)
In this paragraph,
Paragraph 5 (Solutions)
In this paragraph,
Paragraph 6 (Conclusions)
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