Title

Data integration in legal evaluations: Can clinicians deliver on their premises?

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-1989

Abstract

Clinicians often claim to base their conclusions on configural analysis and integration of most or all of the data. However, research suggests that subjective beliefs about complex interpretive strategies and their resultant success are largely illusory. Studies show that: (1) access to more data does not necessarily improve judgmental accuracy, (2) clinical judgments, which purportedly depend on configural analyses, can usually be duplicated by simple linear models, (3) individuals often have difficulty deciphering interactions or patterns among just two or three variables, and (4) actuarial methods, even those that simply add variables together, almost always equal or exceed the accuracy of clinicians who purport to integrate large amounts of information. Corrective suggestions are discussed that may help the clinician better manage large data sets. Copyright © 1989 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

Publication Title

Behavioral Sciences & the Law

Volume

7

Issue

4

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