Forensic Psychology.4


  1. What is the difference between Clinical Assessment Instruments (CAIs), Forensically Relevant Instruments (FRIs), and Forensic Assessment Instruments (FAIs)? Identify an example of each for a specific forensic referral question that a psychologist could use (e.g., CST, MSO).

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                 Forensic Assessment

  Forensic assessment entails the use of psychological assessments and tests instruments. The relevance of the test to the psychological construct within the legal issue or to the legal question shapes the decisions about when and how to use a test or an assessment in forensic assessment. The specific issues underlying the psycho-legal referral question determine whether a test is relevant. Only instruments or tests with a sound psychometric and theoretical base are applied in forensic assessment. Additionally, the evaluators should also consider how the legal system will view the tests they decide to apply; thus, they should select one whose information about how applicable it is to the legal question of concern is fully explained. This paper will explain the differences between three general classifications of forensic assessment.

At first, Clinical Assessment Instruments (CAIs) entail assessments techniques and tests established to plan assessing, diagnosing, and treating nonforensic populations in primarily therapeutic settings (Melton et al., 2017) ……………for help with this assignment contact us via email Address:

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