Conclusion

The increasing reliance in courtrooms on scientific support for both the method of acquiring data and the interpretation of results in matters of psychological injury points to the need for a substantive expansion of research activity in this domain. As attorneys become more aware of the relative strengths and weaknesses of different methods of psychological inquiry, psychological assessments for compensation are going to be more rigorously challenged. Considering the enormous amount of activity occurring in compensation assessments, it is surprising that the evidence base for much of this activity is limited. There is no doubt, however, that the challenges put forward by courtrooms about the rigor of psychological assessments will stimulate relevant research that is both relevant and defensible.

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