Concerning the Rationale of Diagnostic Testing

  • Albert I. Rabin
  • David L. Hayes


Early in the history of clinical psychology, the use of tests for the purposes of diagnosis and classification was self-evident. It was readily understood that the diagnostic enterprise was an indispensable part of the functioning of the clinical psychologist. In more recent years, the diagnostic function in general and that of testing in particular is no longer self-evident. Consequently, it has become necessary to review the reasons for the diagnostic activity and to present a convincing rationale for it.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert I. Rabin
    • 1
  • David L. Hayes
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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