Purpose: This assessment is a valuable for employers to evaluate potential mental health problems in job candidates for jobs such as police officers, public safety officers, corrections officers, state troopers, security guards, etc. The PAI® provides valuable insights that are not available with normal pre-employment assessment tools, and it meets most standards for a clinical evaluation requirement as part of the hiring process.
Background of the PAI: Developed by Leslie Morey, Ph.D. of PAR, Inc., the PAI® sets the standard for the assessment of adult psychopathology. A licensed user of this outstanding clinical evaluative tool will provide interpretation and reporting of results. This objective inventory of adult personality assesses psychopathological syndromes for 22 scales and provides information relevant for clinical diagnosis, treatment planning, and screening for psychopathology. Since its introduction, the PAI has been heralded as one of the most important innovations in the field of clinical assessment. Reliability studies indicate that the PAI has a high degree of internal consistency across samples–results are stable over periods of 2-4 weeks (median and test-retest correlations exceed .80). Validity studies demonstrate convergent and discriminant validity with more than 50 other measures of psychopathology.
About the Test: The PAI® consists of 344 statements to which the candidate has to choose among four possible answers. This test takes about 50 minutes, although it will vary from person to person because it is untimed.
What the Report Gives You: The PAI® Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Public Safety Selection Report provides two graphical displays of scores along with some narrative interpretation. In addition to the scores for the main scales, it provides scores (probability and risk rating) for overall psychological risk in the job, potential job-related problems, integrity problems, anger management problems, alcohol use problems, illegal drug use concerns, and substance abuse proclivity in law enforcement type jobs. Last, it also provides a list of critical items endorsed by the candidate.
Testing Process: Only paper-and-pencil testing is available. You may also use the On-Site Scanning Module or the Professional Report Service. Proctoring is strongly encouraged to ensure that the results actually pertain to your candidate and not someone else who may be helping the candidate answer the questions. Once the candidate completes the questions and submits the results, we then have to download the data in order to produce a PAI® Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Public Safety Selection Report. Normally, we are able to email the report to you the same day, but if you have an urgent need for the report, please contact our office in advance so that we can make arrangements to respond quickly. If the test shows signs of serious pathology that could affect job performance, we will communicate with you to make sure the results are readily understandable.
Note: The PAI is a C-Level Instrument
Qualification Level C:
Tests with a C qualification require a high level of expertise in test interpretation, and can be purchased by individuals with:
A doctorate degree in psychology, education, or closely related field with formal training in the ethical administration, scoring and interpretation of clinical assessments related to the intended use of the assessment.
Licensure or certification by a provincial College of Psychology to practice in your province in a field related to the purchase.
Certification by or full membership in a professional organization such as College of Psychology, the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (CRHSPP), the Canadian Association of School Psychologists (CASP) or other North American organizations such as the American Psychological Association (APA) that requires training and experience in the relevant area of assessment.