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DINIZ, António M.; ALMEIDA, Leandro S. and PAIS, Lúcia G.. Professional contexts and psychological assessment pactices: a survey among Portuguese psychologists. PsicoUSF [online]. 2007, vol.12, n.1, pp. 01-12. ISSN 1413-8271.
The growing attention given to the use of psychological assessment techniques is reflected on the importance attributed to it internationally. Our study is inscribed in this movement. We aim to characterize the use of psychological assessment techniques in Portugal, through data from a national survey of practicing psychologists (N = 1259). Responses were collected from 265 participants with more than three years of activity, and analysed in terms of graduation course, professional context and use of psychological assessment techniques. Then, we cross variables such as time practice and professional contexts with data referring to the use, and to the value and perceptions about psychological assessment techniques utilisation. Results suggest a positive perception about the adequacy of academic preparation on psychological assessment, although feeling the necessity of further preparation and unknowing the international standards concerning tests utilization (namely school psychologists). The principal innovation to consider is the wider utilization informatics/new technologies.
Keywords : Psychological tests; Diagnostic; Psychological practice; Psicometrics.