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  • ISBN: 9780136781110
  • ISBN10: 013678111X

The Practice of Psychological Assessment

by Norman Tallent

  • List Price: $193.60
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publish date: 09/01/1991
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I. FUNDAMENTALS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT. 1. Psychological Assessment: Meaning and Issues. The roots of psychological assessment. The current scope of psychological assessment. Psychological assessment: what is it? Confusion of assessment with testing. Psychological assessment: science and/or art? From testing to assessment. The modern matrix of psychological assessment. The influence of practical settings. The teaching and application of psychological assessment and the outlook. 2. The Psychological Assessor. Judging others: Gordon Allport. The assessor's personality type as a factor in judging others: Henry A. Murray. Orientations to clinical judgment. The practical use of psychological assessment. Personality issues in the psychological assessor. Role related issues in the psychological assessor. Ethical orientation to psychological assessment. 3. The Context of Psychological Assessment. The changingZeitgeist. New orientations to assessment. Philosophical/scientific underpinnings of assessment. Changing orientations to personality and psychopathology. Assessment and classification. Reliability/validity: how good is psychological assessment. Some technical problems with psychometric testing. Validity of computer testing. Clinical versus statistical prediction: focus on the validity of two approaches to psychological assessment. The economics of psychological assessment. The social context of psychological assessment. 4. The Measurement Tradition. The psychometric concept. The practice of psychometric testing. The psychometric cafeteria. Some special problems with psychometric testing. Computer testing. 5. The Clinical Tradition. The measurement tradition and the clinical tradition: differences and similarities. When is a test not a test? The clinical tradition: the modern phase. Schafer on Rapaport-Schafer. Holt on Rapaport-Schafer. II. THE TOOLS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT. 6. Psychological Testing: Intellectual and Neuropsychological Evaluation. Intelligence testing. Neuropsychological assessment. 7. Psychological Testing: Personality Inventories and Projective Techniques. Personality inventories. Projective techniques. 8. Additional Tools of Psychological Assessment: Observing and Interviewing, and a System of Classification. Observing and interviewing. The diagnostic and statistical manual. III. APPLICATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT. 9. The Assessment Process. Conceptualizing an assessment schema. A schema to present the basic concepts of this book. Approaches to case formulation. 10. The Assessment Process, Continued: Responsible and Effective Psychological Report Writing. Content of the psychological report. The common content categories in "traditional" psychological reports: a critique. Responsibility and effectiveness. Quickie reports. The perennial pitfalls in writing psychological reports. 11. Assessment for Treatment. Questioning the assumption. Conceptualizing the relationship of psychological assessment to therapy. The current status of psychological assessment in the practice of psychotherapy. The road map concept of psychological therapeutics. 12. The Case Workup. Selecting a battery. Gathering necessary data. The role
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