Validity of the Computerized Interpretive Report for the Marital Satisfaction Inventory: A Customer Satisfaction Study

Daniel W. Hoover, Douglas K. Snyder

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Abstract

This study examined the validity and clinical utility of the computerized interpretive report for the Marital Satisfaction Inventory (MSI), as rated by a national sample of 60 marital therapists. Individual accuracy and utility ratings were obtained for separate narrative sections of the computerized report in which Barnum effects were controlled by comparing bona fide interpretive paragraphs with bogus narratives. In addition, "halo" effects were controlled by interweaving bogus and bona fide interpretive sections across alternate versions of "experimental" reports. Clinicians also provided ratings of accuracy and usefulness for final, bona fide reports evaluated in their entirety. Overall, experienced clinicians rated the MSI computerized report favorably in its accuracy, inclusion of relevant information, conciseness and organization, and usefulness in treatment planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-217
Number of pages5
JournalPsychological Assessment
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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