An Exploratory Study of Core Competencies in Psychological Assessment —A Taiwan Perspective


Psychological assessment is regarded as one of the eight key competence domains at the 2002 competency conference in the U.S. (Kaslow et al., 2004). After discussion during this conference, Krishnamurthy et al. (2004) proposed an eight-factor model that included eight competencies essential to good practice in psychological assessment. The purpose of this research was to explore the underlying structure of competence in psychological assessment in Taiwan. This research consisted of Study 1 and 2. In Study 1, 46 clinical psychologists were recruited to have a 1.5~2-hour interview. Eighty-four competency indicators were extracted from these interview data. Over half of these indicators could be grouped into one of the eight-factor model proposed by Krishnamurthy et al. The others not included in the eight-factor model were grouped into five different domains to represent some foundational competencies for professional practice in psychological assessment.
To explore the underlying factor structure of competence in psychological assessment in Taiwan, the psychological assessment competency scale (PACS) was developed for data collection. In Study2, 240 psychologists in Taiwan were asked to respond to the PACS. The exploratory factor analysis on this Taiwan psychologist sample revealed a ten-factor model that explained 67.44% of the total variances. The Cronbach’s alpha values of these ten factors ranged from 0.51 to 0.90. Findings of this research provided a culturally relevant framework for measuring psychological assessment competency in Taiwan.

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Yu-Ling Lan, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan

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Conference: ACP2013
Stream: Psychology

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