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Handbook of Personality Assessment, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-25888-9
768 pages
April 2017
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The essential resource for personality assessment, updated and expanded

The Handbook of Personality Assessment provides comprehensive guidance on the administration, scoring, and interpretation of the most widely-used instruments. Written by two of the field's foremost authorities, this well-balanced guide blends theory and application to provide a foundational reference for both graduate students and professionals. Updated to reflect the most current advances, this second edition includes new chapters on the Minnesota Personality Inventory-Restructured Form and the Rorschach Performance Assessment System, along with in-depth coverage of the MMPI-2, MMPI-2-A, MCMI-IV, PAI, NEO-PI-R, Rorschach Comprehensive System, TAT, and Figure Drawing and Sentence Completion Methods. Each instrument is discussed in terms of its history, administration, scoring, validity, assessment, interpretation, applications, and psychometric foundations, and other chapters address ethical considerations and provide general guidelines in the assessment process.

Personality assessments guide recommendations in a broad range of clinical, health care, forensic, educational, and organizational settings. This book delves deeply into the nature and appropriate use of the major assessment instruments, with authoritative insight and practical guidance.

  • Review the latest concepts, research, and practices
  • Administer, score, and interpret the most widely-used instruments
  • Understand the psychometric foundations of personality assessment
  • Access downloadable sample reports that illustrate software interpretation

An individual's nature and disposition can be assessed in several ways. This book focuses on standardized psychological tests that assess personality characteristics and indicate how a person is likely to think, feel, and act. The results can only be as accurate as the process, from assessment selection and administration, to scoring, interpretation, and beyond. The Handbook of Personality Assessment is an invaluable resource for every stage of the process, with a practical focus and advice from two leading experts.

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Table of Contents

Preface

About the Authors

 

Part 1: Basic Considerations

Chapter 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

References

 

Chapter 2: The Personality Assessment Process

Purposes of Personality Assessment

Preparing for Personality Assessments

Conducting Personality Assessments

Interpreting Personality Assessment Data

Reporting Personality Assessment Findings

References

 

Chapter 3: Psychometric Foundations of Assessment

Reliability

Validity

Clinical Decision Making

Impediments to Accurate Decisions

Concluding Comments

References

 

Chapter 4: Ethical Considerations in Personality Assessment

Student Disclosure of Personal Information (7.04)

Bases for Assessments (9.01)

Use of Assessments (9.02)

Informed Consent in Assessments (9.03)

Release of Test Data (9.04)

Interpreting Assessment Results (9.06)

Assessment by Unqualified Persons (9.07)

Obsolete Tests and Outdated Test Results (9.08)

Test Scoring and Interpretation Services (9.09)

Explaining Assessment Results (9.10)

Maintaining Test Security (9.11)

Training Students in Personality Assessment

Diversity Issues

Concluding Comments

References

 

Part 2: Self-Report Inventories

Chapter 5: Overview

Nature of Self-Report Inventories

Item Characteristics

Administration and Scoring

Method of Scale Development

Validity Assessment

The Process of Interpretation

Future Directions for Assessment with Self-Report Inventories

Summary

References

 

Chapter 6: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2

History

Administration

Scoring

Validity

Interpretation

Applications

Psychometric Foundations

Concluding Comments

References

 

Chapter 7: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory—Adolescent

History

Administration

Scoring

Validity

Interpretation

Applications

Psychometric Foundations

References

 

Chapter 8: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-Restructed Form (MMPI-2-RF)

History

Administration

Scoring

Validity

Interpretation

Applications

Psychometric Foundations

MMPI‑A Restructured Form (MMPI‑2‑A-RF)

Concluding Comments

References

 

Chapter 9: Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-IV

History

Administration

Scoring

Assessing Validity

Interpretation

Applications

Psychometric Foundations

Concluding Comments

References

 

Chapter 10: Personality Assessment Inventory

History

Administration

Scoring

Assessing Validity

Interpretation

Applications

Psychometric Foundations

Adolescent Version of the PAI

Concluding Comments

References

 

Chapter 11: NEO Personality Inventory-3

History

Administration

Scoring

Assessing Validity

Interpretation

Applications

Psychometric Foundations

Concluding Comments

References

 

Part 3: Performance-Based Measures

Chapter 12: Rorschach Comprehensive System

Nature of the Rorschach Comprehensive System

History

Administration

Coding and Scoring

Interpretation: Structural Variables

Interpretation: Thematic Variables

Interpretation: Behavioral Variables

Interpretation: Card Pull

Applications

Psychometric Foundations

References

 

Chapter 13: Rorschach Performance Assessment System

Nature of the Rorschach Performance Assessment System

History

Administration

Coding and Scoring

Interpretation

Applications

Psychometric Foundations

References

 

Chapter 14: Thematic Apperception Test

Nature of the Thematic Apperception Test

History

Administration

Coding

Interpretation: Card Pull

Interpretation: Story Meaning

Applications

Psychometric Foundations

References

 

Chapter 15: Figure Drawing Methods

Nature and History of Figure Drawing Methods

Administration and Scoring

Interpretation

Applications

Psychometric Foundations

Summary

References

 

Chapter 16: Sentence Completion Methods

Nature of Sentence Completion Methods

History

Administration

Scoring

Interpretation

Applications

Psychometric Foundations

References

 

Appendixes: Computer-Generated Interpretive Reports

Appendix A: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2

Appendix B: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-Adolescent

Appendix C: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-Restructured Form

Appendix D: Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-IV

Appendix E: Personality Assessment Inventory

Appendix F: NEO Personality Inventory-3

Appendix G: Rorschach Comprehensive System

Appendix H: Rorschach Performance Assessment System

 

Author Index

Subject Index

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