Should raw scores or T scores be used to report results?

Answer:  For evaluating a particular child, T scores are helpful for indicating the degree to which the child deviates from normative samples of peers on each scale.  However, for statistical analyses of syndrome scales and DSM-oriented scales, raw scores should be used because the T scores are truncated at 50, as explained in Chapter 7.  For statistical analyses of Internalizing, Externalizing, and Total Problems, either raw scores or T scores can be used because they will usually produce similar results.  If different gender/age groups are combined in the same analyses, it may be useful to standardize scores by gender within age group.  Chapter 14 discusses the different uses of raw scores and T scores in detail.

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