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October 1969

Computer Interpretation: Its Use in Clinical Practice

Author Affiliations

University. Ala; Nutley, NJ
From the Department of Psychology, University of Alabama, University, Ala (Dr. Fowler), and the Roche Psychiatric Service Institute, Nutley, NJ (Dr. Miller).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;21(4):502-508. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740220118014

SEVERAL systems now exist for scoring and analyzing personality test results by computer. Although work has been done in the computer analysis of the Rorschach,1 the Holtzman Inkblot Test,2 the 16 PF,3 and the California Personality Test,4 most progress has been made in the development of systems to interpret the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). Fully operational computer interpretation systems have been reported by Pearson, Swenson et al,5,6 Glueck and Reznikoff,7 and Fowler.8-11 Other automated and semiautomated systems are under development by Finney4 and others.

The system developed by Fowler was designed to be used by mental health personnel as a part of diagnostic evaluations. The purpose was to program the computer to produce a report similar in style and content to a standard clinical report.

The output from the computer is a three page print-out. The first page (Fig 1) is

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