Psychometric Properties of the MacArthur Competence Assessment ToolCriminal Adjudication Academic Article uri icon


  • This article describes the development of a new clinical instrument for use in assessments of adult criminal defendants' competence to proceed to adjudication, the MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool-Criminal Adjudication (MacCAT-CA). The MacCAT-CA was derived from a more comprehensive research instrument (MacArthur Structured Assessment of Competencies. of Criminal Defendants; Hoge, Bonnie, Poythress, Monahan, and Eisenberg, 1997) on the basis of considerations of face validity for use in legal contexts, psychometric analyses, and advice from mental health experts who reviewed an earlier prototype. This article presents the results from an National Institute of Mental Health-sponsored validation study that investigated the psychometric properties of the MacCAT-CA.

published proceedings

  • Psychological Assessment

altmetric score

  • 4

author list (cited authors)

  • Otto, R. K., Poythress, N. G., Nicholson, R. A., Edens, J. F., Monahan, J., Bonnie, R. J., Hoge, S. K., & Eisenberg, M.

citation count

  • 77

complete list of authors

  • Otto, Randy K||Poythress, Norman G||Nicholson, Robert A||Edens, John F||Monahan, John||Bonnie, Richard J||Hoge, Steven K||Eisenberg, Marlene

publication date

  • December 1998