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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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SABORIO VALVERDE, Carlos. Psychological evaluation strategies in the forensic ambit. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2005, vol.22, n.1, pp.41-63. ISSN 2215-5287.

This article reviews some basic principles concerning forensic psychological assessment. Some of the more relevant ideas regarding the contemporary debate with reference to forensic psychological assessment are presented. Psychometric issues related with the practice of forensic psychological assessment are discussed, specially focusing in the different nature of clinical and forensic assessment strategies, and making some strong emphasis in the special requirements in the forensic arena. Additionally, a typology of psychological assessment instruments within the forensic field is shown. As a final point, some ideas on the subject of writing psychological forensic reports are described.

Keywords : forensic psychological assessment; psychological tests; forensic instruments; trusty; validity; psycho legal; psychological assessment instruments; forensics reports; psychometric.

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