[IPAC-List] IPAC-List Digest, Vol 13, Issue 15

Spilberg, Shelley@POST Shelley.Spilberg at post.ca.gov
Wed Jul 8 12:20:51 EDT 2015

To provide further information:  the tests I'm referring to are psychological inventories (e.g., MMPI, CPI) used as part of a post-offer, clinical evaluation of police candidates. There are gender differences on some scales of these instruments.  

Test publishers appear to use different approaches for creating one set of candidate norms to replace previous gender-specific norms: some use equivalent numbers of men and women, others populate the norm group with males and females in proportion to their presence in the candidate population.

Is one system better than the other, legally or psychometrically?  

Shelley Weiss Spilberg, Ph.D. 
California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training
860 Stillwater Road, Suite 100
West Sacramento, CA
 (916) 227-4824
Shelley.spilberg at post.ca.gov

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