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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.

Author Biography

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

Table of Contents

Basic Considerations
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
The personality assessment process
Purposes of Personality Assessment
Preparing for Personality Assessments
Conducting Personality Assessments
Interpreting Personality Assessment Data
Reporting Personality Assessment Findings
Psychometric Foundations Of Assessment
Clinical Decision Making
Impediments to Accurate Decisions
Concluding Comment
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
Self-Report Inventories
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
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
Assessing Validity
Psychometric Foundations
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-A
Assessing Validity
Psychometric Foundations
Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III
Assessing Validity
Psychometric Foundations
Personality Assessment Inventory
Assessing Validity
Psychometric Foundations
NEO Personality Inventory-Revised
Assessing Validity
Psychometric Foundations
Performance-Based Measures
Rorschach Inkblot Method
Nature of the Rorschach Inkblot Method
Coding and Scoring
Interpretation: Structural Variables
Interpretation--Thematic Variables
Interpretation--Card Pull
Psychometric Foundations
Thematic Apperception Test
Nature of the Thematic Apperception Test
Interpretation: Card Pull
Interpretation: Story Meaning
Psychometric Foundations
Figure drawing methods
Nature and History of Figure Drawing Methods
Administration and Scoring
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