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Does the R-PAS Meet Standards for Forensic Use?: Considerations with Introducing a New Rorschach Coding System

NCJ Number
Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice Volume: 13 Issue: 5 Dated: October-December 2013 Pages: 389-410
Aaron J. Kivisto, Ph.D.; Carl Gacono, Ph.D.; David Medoff, Ph.D.
Date Published
November 2013
22 pages
This article evaluates the contemporary use of the Rorschach Performance Assessment System R-PAS in forensic contexts.
The Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS) was introduced in 2011 as an alternative to Exner's Comprehensive System (CS). This article critically evaluates the contemporary use of the R-PAS in forensic contexts. The standing of the R-PAS in relation to relevant legal standards, professional guidelines, and published professional models is considered. Normative reference data, revised administration procedures, and general acceptance are discussed, and questions surrounding the comparability of the R-PAS to the CS are explored. Historical transitions to revised versions of existing assessment procedures are reviewed with particular attention to the recurrent question of comparability and how such concerns were addressed. Although the R-PAS shows significant promise, fully adopting it into current forensic practice may be premature. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.