Validity of the Computerized Interpretive Report for the Marital Satisfaction Inventory: A Customer Satisfaction Study Academic Article uri icon


  • This study examined the validity and clinical utility of the computerized interpretive report for the Marital Satisfaction Inventory (MSI), as rated by a national sample of 60 marital therapists. Individual accuracy and utility ratings were obtained for separate narrative sections of the computerized report in which Barnum effects were controlled by comparing bona fide interpretive paragraphs with bogus narratives. In addition, "halo" effects were controlled by interweaving bogus and bona fide interpretive sections across alternate versions of "experimental" reports. Clinicians also provided ratings of accuracy and usefulness for final, bona fide reports evaluated in their entirety. Overall, experienced clinicians rated the MSI computerized report favorably in its accuracy, inclusion of relevant information, conciseness and organization, and usefulness in treatment planning.

published proceedings

  • Psychological Assessment

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Hoover, D. W., & Snyder, D. K.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Hoover, Daniel W||Snyder, Douglas K

publication date

  • January 1991