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Handbook of Psychological Assessment, 5th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-59213-7
768 pages
October 2009
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The most highly acclaimed and complete reference work on psychological assessment-fully updated and expanded

Covering principles of assessment, evaluation, referral, treatment planning, and report writing, the latest edition of Gary Groth-Marnat's landmark Handbook of Psychological Assessment has been thoroughly revised and expanded. Written in a practical, skills-based manner, this classic resource offers coverage of the most widely used assessment instruments and has been updated to include new material and cover tests that are growing in popularity, such as brief assessment instruments. Handbook of Psychological Assessment also provides guidance on the most efficient methods for selecting and administering tests, how to interpret assessment data, and how to integrate test scores and develop treatment plans as well as instruction on ways in which to write effective, client-oriented, problem-solving psychological reports.

The Fifth Edition provides thorough coverage of the most commonly used assessment instruments including the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale®-Fourth Edition (WAIS®-IV), Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children®-Fourth Edition (WISC®-IV), Wechsler Memory Scale®-Fourth Edition (WMS®-IV), Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory®-2 (MMPI®-2), California Psychology InventoryTM (CPITM), Rorschach®, MillonTM Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI-IIITM), Thematic Apperception Test, Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological StatusTM (RBANS®), brief assessment instruments, clinical interviewing, and behavioral assessment.

In addition, this Fifth Edition includes:

  • Updates on the new WAIS®-IV, WISC®-IV, and WMS®-IV

  • An increased emphasis on diversity

  • A focus on screening for neuropsychological impairment, including coverage of the Repeatable

  • Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological StatusTM (RBANS®)

  • Coverage of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-Restructured Form TM

  • New information on client feedback and consultation

  • An updated chapter on psychological report writing, including new examples of psychological reports

Organized according to the sequence mental health professionals follow when conducting an assessment, Handbook of Psychological Assessment, Fifth Edition is a practical, valuable reference for professionals looking to stay current as well as for students looking for the most thorough and trusted resource covering the field of psychological assessment.

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Preface

Chapter 1 Introduction

Organization of the Handbook

Role of the Clinician

Patterns of Test Usage in Clinical Assessment

Evaluating Psychological Tests

Validity in Clinical Practice

Clinical Judgment

Phases in Clinical Assessment

Recommended Reading

Chapter 2 Context of Clinical Assessment

Types of Referral Settings

Ethical Practice of Assessment

Assessing Diverse Groups

Selecting Psychological Tests

Computer-Assisted Assessment

Recommended Reading

Chapter 3 The Assessment Interview

History and Development

Issues Related to Reliability and Validity

Assets and Limitations

The Assessment Interview and Case History

Mental Status Examination

Interpreting Interview Data

Structured Interviews

Recommended Reading

Chapter 4 Behavioral Assessment

History and Development

Issues Related to Reliability and Validity

Assets and Limitations

Strategies of Behavioral Assessment

Recommended Reading

Chapter 5 Wechsler Intelligence Scales

Testing of Intelligence: Pro and Con

History and Development

Reliability and Validity

Assets and Limitations

Use with Diverse Groups

Meaning of IQ Scores

Cautions and Guidelines in Administration

WAIS-IV/WISC-IV Successive-Level Interpretation Procedure

Wechsler Indexes and Subtests

Assessing Brain Damage

Assessing Additional Special Populations

Short Forms

Recommended Reading

Chapter 6 Wechsler Memory Scales

History and Development

Reliability and Validity

Assets and Limitations

Use with Diverse Groups

Interpretation Procedure

Interpreting Patterns of Index Scores

Comparing Scores on the WAIS-IV and the WMS-IV

Additional Considerations: Malingering and Evaluating Change

Recommended Reading

Chapter 7 Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory

History and Development

Reliability and Validity

Assets and Limitations

Use with Diverse Groups

Administration

Interpretation Procedure

Computerized Interpretation

Validity Scales

Clinical Scales

2-Point Codes

MMPI-2 Content Scales

MMPI-A Content Scales

Harris-Lingoes and Si Subscales

Critical Items

MMPI-2 and MMPI-A Supplementary Scales

Recommended Reading

Chapter 8 Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory

History and Development

Reliability and Validity

Assets and Limitations

Use with Diverse Groups

Interpretation Procedure

Modifying Indices (Validity Scales)

Clinical Personality Patterns

Severe Personality Pathology

Clinical Syndromes

Severe Syndromes

Recommended Reading

Chapter 9 California Psychological Inventory

History and Development

Comparison with the MMPI

Reliability and Validity

Assets and Limitations

Use with Diverse Groups

Interpretation Procedures

Vector Scale Interpretation

Individual Scales

Special Purpose Scales

Configural Interpretation

Recommended Reading

Chapter 10 The Rorschach

History and Development

Reliability and Validity

Assets and Limitations

Use with Diverse Groups

Future Directions

Administration

Scoring

Structural Summary

Interpretation

Recommended Reading

Chapter 11 Thematic Apperception Test

History and Development

Theoretical Perspectives

Reliability and Validity

Assets and Limitations

Use with Diverse Groups

Administration

Typical Themes Elicited

Scoring Procedures

Interpretation

Recommended Reading

Chapter 12 Screening for Neuropsychological Impairment

History and Development

Interviewing for Brain Impairment

Domains of Neuropsychological Functioning

Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test

Repeatable Batter for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status

Recommended Reading

Chapter 13 Brief Instruments for Treatment Planning, Monitoring, and Outcome Assessment

Selecting Brief Instruments

Symptom Checklist-90-R (SCL-90-R) and Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI)

Beck Depression Inventory

State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI)

Recommended Reading

Chapter 14 Psychological Assessment and Treatment Planning

Development and Approaches to Treatment Planning

A Systematic Approach to Treatment Selection

Functional Impairment

Social Support

Problem Complexity/Chronicity

Coping Style

Resistance

Subjective Distress

Problem-Solving Phase

Recommended Reading

Chapter 15 Psychological Report

General Guidelines

Format for a Psychological Report

Sample Reports

Recommended Reading

Appendecies

Appendix A Test publishers/distributors

Appendix B Testing organizations

Appendix C WISC-IV Norms Tables for Clinical Clusters

Appendix D Directions for Hand Scoring the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2) Validity and Clinical Scales

Appendix E Rorscharch Norms for Scoring Categories

Appendix F Rorschach Norms for Ratios, Percentages, and Special Indices

Appendix G WAIS-IV Norms Tables for Clinical Clusters

References

Author Index

Subject Index

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Gary Groth-Marnat, Phd, Abpp, is a professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute and is in private practice in Santa Barbara, California. He is the author of four books on assessment and more than 130 journal articles, monographs, and book chapters.

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  • Increased emphasis on diversity.
  • Updates reflecting new publication of the WAIS-IV, WISC-IV, WMS-IV.
  • Inclusion of RBANS,  The Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status, offers an optimal brief neuropsychological measure.
  • New information on client feedback and consultation.
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Praise for the Fourth Edition

"In sum, this book continues to set the standard in the field and is strongly recommended as a basic reference guide for those clinicians who routinely do psychological testing." (Psychotherapy Review, 11/6/2006)

"In the 5th edition of his very helpful text, Handbook of Psychological Assessment, Groth-Marnat once again assembles information about the history, development, and latest research on the major psychological assessment instruments in current use. He also gives wise and clear advice about the general process of clinical assessment, and about how to integrate information into a useful psychological report. I was particularly fascinated with the sample reports Groth-Marnat assembled from different settings, which give a sense of the breadth of assessment practice today.
This handbook will be extremely useful to students beginning their careers in psychological assessment, and to experienced assessors who want a handy resource when needed."
Dr. Stephen Finn

"This Handbook is absolutely at the top of the “to read” list, or should be, for serious scholars of psychological measurement methods.  Already known for its attention to detail and it’s depth, this edition of the Handbook has been given greater breadth through the addition of several great features:  1) The literature has been critically updated, 2) sections for working with special populations have been added, and 3) its content is tuned to important changes in the field.  In all this, it has retained Groth-Marnat’s great clarity and devotion to being accurate and useful."
Larry E. Beutler, PhD, ABPP; Stanford University School of Medicine

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