Philip Chism Trial Day 13 Part 1 12/09/15 | Summary and Q&A

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December 9, 2015
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Philip Chism Trial Day 13 Part 1 12/09/15

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Expert psychologist testifies about the administration and interpretation of various psychological tests during court proceedings.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How many questions are there in the Back Youth Inventory (BYI) and the Miller Forensic Assessment Symptoms Test (MFAST)?

The BYI consists of 100 never-sometimes-often-always questions, while the MFAST has over 400 questions, with two possible responses: true or false.

Q: What are the different answer selections in the Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms (SIRS)?

The SIRS has varying answer selections, including no answer, no, yes, unbearable, and I don't know.

Q: Is the Miller Forensic Assessment Symptoms Test (MFAST) validated for children and adolescents under the age of 18?

No, the MFAST has not been validated for children or adolescents under the age of 18, although it may be used on an experimental basis.

Q: What does the manual for the MFAST say about appropriate populations and test limitations?

The manual states that the MFAST is intended for use with adults aged 18 years or older, and further research is required to establish its validity with children or adolescents.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The witness discusses the different types of tests administered during court proceedings, including the Back Youth Inventory, the Miller Forensic Assessment Symptoms Test, and the MMPI-A.

  • The witness highlights the varying answer selections and scoring systems in different tests.

  • The witness emphasizes the importance of validating test results and the limitations of certain tests for specific populations.

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