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Taking Adaptive Behavior Measures to Court: Scientific Reliability Limitations with Multiple Raters

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Adaptive behavior measures used to diagnose intellectual disability fail to meet the level of rigor necessary for admissibility as scientific evidence in legal cases. The impact of multiple raters on the reliability of these instruments is unknown and guidelines for integrating discrepant results do not exist. The impact on high-stakes legal decisions (e.g., Atkins cases and juvenile waiver to adult court) is discussed. A case study is presented to illustrate the difficulties clinicians face in such circumstances. These issues demand the attention of our field, as we have an ethical and legal responsibility to base conclusions on reliable scientific data.
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Hedge, Krystal., Salekin, Karen. and Neal, Tess. "Taking Adaptive Behavior Measures to Court: Scientific Reliability Limitations with Multiple Raters" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Mar 18, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p399208_index.html>

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Hedge, K. A., Salekin, K. and Neal, T. M. , 2010-03-18 "Taking Adaptive Behavior Measures to Court: Scientific Reliability Limitations with Multiple Raters" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p399208_index.html

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Abstract: Adaptive behavior measures used to diagnose intellectual disability fail to meet the level of rigor necessary for admissibility as scientific evidence in legal cases. The impact of multiple raters on the reliability of these instruments is unknown and guidelines for integrating discrepant results do not exist. The impact on high-stakes legal decisions (e.g., Atkins cases and juvenile waiver to adult court) is discussed. A case study is presented to illustrate the difficulties clinicians face in such circumstances. These issues demand the attention of our field, as we have an ethical and legal responsibility to base conclusions on reliable scientific data.


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