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Handbook of Personality Assessment

ISBN: 978-1-118-04559-6
696 pages
January 2011
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This comprehensive, balanced guide to personality assessment, written by two of the foremost experts in the field, is sure to become the gold standard of texts on this topic. The Handbook of Personality Assessment covers everything from the basics, including a historic overview and detailed discussion of the assessment process and its psychometric foundations, to valuable sections on conducting the assessment interview and the nature, interpretation, and applications of the most popular self-report (objective) and performance-based (projective) measures. A concluding section of special topics such as computerized assessment, ethical and legal issues, and report writing are unique to this text.
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Preface.

I. Basic Considerations.

1. History of personality assessment.

Early Events.

Emergence of Personality Psychology.

World War II and the Expansion of Clinical Psychology.

Trends Over Time: Shrinkage and Growth.

Concluding Comments.

2. The personality assessment process.

Purposes of Personality Assessment.

Preparing for Personality Assessments.

Conducting Personality Assessments.

Interpreting Personality Assessment Data.

Reporting Personality Assessment Findings.

3. Psychometric Foundations Of Assessment.

Reliability.

Validity.

Clinical Decision Making.

Impediments to Accurate Decisions.

Concluding Comment.

4. Ethical considerations in personality assessment.

Student Disclosure of Personal Information.

Bases for Assessments.

Use of Assessments.

Informed Consent in Assessments.

Release of Test Data.

Interpreting Assessment Results.

Assessment by Unqualified Persons.

Obsolete Tests and Outdated Test Results.

Test Scoring and Interpretation Services.

Explaining Assessment Results.

Maintaining Test Security.

Training Students in Psychological Assessment.

Diversity.

II. Self-Report Inventories.

5. Overview of self-report inventories.

Nature of Self-Report Instruments.

Item Characteristics.

Methods of Scale Development.

Administration and Scoring.

Standardization Group.

Validity Assessment.

Interpretive Process.

6. Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory.

History.

Administration.

Scoring.

Assessing Validity.

Interpretation.

Applications.

Psychometric Foundations.

7. Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-A.

History.

Administration.

Scoring.

Assessing Validity.

Interpretation.

Applications.

Psychometric Foundations.

8. Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III.

History.

Administration.

Scoring.

Assessing Validity.

Interpretation.

Applications.

Psychometric Foundations.

9. Personality Assessment Inventory.

History.

Administration.

Scoring.

Assessing Validity.

Interpretation.

Applications.

Psychometric Foundations.

10. NEO Personality Inventory-Revised.

History.

Administration.

Scoring.

Assessing Validity.

Interpretation.

Applications.

Psychometric Foundations.

III. Performance-Based Measures.

11. Rorschach Inkblot Method.

Nature of the Rorschach Inkblot Method.

History.

Administration.

Coding and Scoring.

Interpretation: Structural Variables.

Interpretation--Thematic Variables.

Interpretation--Card Pull.

Applications.

Psychometric Foundations.

12. Thematic Apperception Test.

Nature of the Thematic Apperception Test.

History.

Administration.

Coding.

Interpretation: Card Pull.

Interpretation: Story Meaning.

Applications.

Psychometric Foundations.

13. Figure drawing methods.

Nature and History of Figure Drawing Methods.

Administration and Scoring.

Interpretation.

Applications.

Psychometric Foundations.

14. Sentence completion methods.

Nature of Sentence Completion Methods.

History.

Administration.

Scoring.

Interpretation.

Applications.

Psychometric Foundations.

Appendix. Computer Generated Interpretive Reports.

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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Irving B. Weiner, PhD, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and behavioral Medicine at the University of South Florida and former Director of Psychological Services at the University of South Florida Psychiatry Center in Tampa, Florida. He resides in Tampa and is in the practice os clinical and forensic psychology.
Dr. Weiner received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan in 1959. His position since that time have included Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Head of the Division of Psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center; Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Case Western reserve University; and Vice-President and Chief Academic Officer at the University of Denver and at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the Association for Psychological Science, a Diplomat of the American board of Professional Psycho9logy in both Clinical and Forensic Psychology, and a licensed psychologist in the state of Florida. He is president-elect of the Society of Clinical Psychology (APA Division 12), Past President of the International Rorschach Society, current President of the Society for Personality Assessment Distinguished Contribution Award. He served as editor of the Journal of Personality Assessment from 1985 to 1993 and as editor of Rorschachiana: Yearbook of the International Rorschach Society from 1990 to 1996. His Writings include numerous articles and chapters and the following books:
Psychodiagnosis in Schizophrenia, 1966; republished ed., 1997
Psychological Disturbance in Adolescence, 1970; 2nd ed., 1992
Rorschach Handbook of Clinical and Research Applications, 1971
Child Development, 1972
Principles of Psychotherapy, 1975; 2nd ed., 1998
Clinical Methods in Psychology (ED.) 1976; 2nd ed., 1983
Development of the Child, 1978
Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, 1982
Rorschach Assessment of Children and Adolescents, 1982; 2nd ed., 1995
Adolescence: A Developmental Transition, 1985; 2nd ed., 1995
Handbook of Forensic Psychology, (Ed.) 1987; 2nd ed., 1999; 3rd ed., 2006
Principles of Rorschach Interpretation, 1998; 2nd ed., 2003
Handbook of Psychology (12 Vols.) (Editor-in-Chief), 2003
Adult Psychopathology Case Studies (Ed.) 2004

Roger L. Greene is a professor at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto, California, where he served as Director of Clinical Training for twelve years. Dr. Greene has worked in a variety of clinical settings and with different types of patients in his clinical career. His particular area of interest clinically is the assessment and treatment of alcohol and drug abuse. He has written a number of texts and articles on the use of the MMPI-2. His most recent book, The MMPI-2: An Interpretive Manual (2nd ed.) was published in 2000. His books on the MMPI/MMPI-2 have been among the standard references for over two decades. He is a Fellow of Division 12of APA and the Society for Personality Assessment. He has served on the Board of Trustees and as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Personality Assessment for the Society of Personality Assessment. His writings include numerous articles and chapters and the following books:
The MMPI: an Interpretive Manual, 1980
The MMPI-2/MMPI: An Interpretive Manual, 1991
Emerging Issues and Methods in Personality Assessment (Co-Ed.), 1997
The MMPI-2: An Interpretive Manual, 2000

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  • Authors are leading authorities in the field of personality assessment.
  • Authored versus edited text ensures more consistent level of coverage and organization of material.
  • Focuses on the most popular personality assessment instruments (e.g., MMPI, Millon Inventories, PAI, NEO-PI, CPI, Rorschach, TAT, Sentence Completion, Drawing tests) in more detail than texts that provide thumbnail sketches of all the available instruments.
  • Includes special topics (i.e., computerized assessment, ethical and legal issues, and report writing) not contained in other texts.
  • An Appendix presents samples of the narrative interpretive reports generated by computer programs that are available for six of the measures discussed in chapters of the book: the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2), the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-Adolescent (MMPI-A), the Millon Multiaxial Clinical Inventory-III (MCMI-III), the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI), the NEO Personality Inventory-Revised (NEO-PI-R), and the Rorschach Inkblot Method (RIM). These sample reports illustrate the types of statements produced by software programs and the manner in which they capture aspects of personality functioning identified by these six assessment instruments.
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"This masterful integration of theory and research focuses on the contributions of standardized psychological instruments to the assessment process. Very thoughtful chapters on the history of personality assessment, the assessment process, psychometrics, and ethical issues set the stage. This is likely the single best compilation that surveys the diverse methods that expert diagnostic consultants employ every single day." (Journal of Personality Assessment, 91(2), 2009)

"The majority of the Handbook provides knowledge, clear and distinct as Descartes (1641/1996) would have hoped, on the essentials—namely, history, administration, scoring, validity, interpretation, common applications, and psychometrics—of the most commonly used standardized psychological tests. Self-report inventories include the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2), MMPI-A, Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI-III), Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI), and revised NEO Personality Inventory, while the performance-based tests include the Rorschach (Inkblot Method), Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), and various figure-drawing and sentence completion methods. What's unusual among true believers—and Weiner and Greene are true believers in the best sense when it comes to standardized psychological tests—is the ease with which one is made aware of what is not known."
—-Richard W. Bloom (PsycCRITIQUES, 1554-0138, October 22, 2008, Vol. 53, Release 43,! Article 6)

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