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Handbook of psychological assessment : with WAIS-III supplement
Groth-Marnat, Gary.
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Third edition.
Publication Information:
New York : J. Wiley, [1999]

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xi, 836 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
"Updated coverage of WAIS-III"--Cover.
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The Handbook of Psychological Assessment, Third Edition offers busy professionals and graduate students a complete review of today's most commonly used psychological assessment tests. This step-by-step guide condenses countless manuals and texts into one easy-to-use volume and points out the most efficient methods for selecting tests, evaluating interview data, and integrating results into a cohesive psychological report. Readers familiar with the successful previous editions will find updated systems for evaluating the classic tests: Wechsler Intelligence Scales, Bender-Gestalt, Rorschach, Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI/MMPI-2), projective drawings, and California Psychological Inventory. Each test is reconsidered for validity and overall reliability in light of current clinical thought and scientific development. Additional chapters cover new and revised tests and the increased importance of treatment planning in the age of managed care. This updated and expanded Third Edition includes: Updated systems for evaluating the classic tests New and revised tests, such as the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory for Adolescents (MMPI-A) and the new Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC III) New sections on ethics and test selection A new chapter on the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI) Expanded coverage of neuropsychological assessment Expanded coverage of treatment planning, including a new chapter on systematically integrating test results into a treatment plan Like its predecessors, the Handbook of Psychological Assessment, Third Edition is an indispensable reference for graduate students, clinical psychologists, therapists, school psychologists, and counselors.

From the reviews of the Second Edition of the Handbook of Psychological Assessment

"[The book's] purpose has been splendidly realized by Groth-Marnat, who has combined current scientific and clinical understandings and clear writing with an excellent sense of organization." --Bertram H. Rothschild, ARBA 92

". . . a commendable volume in which the author condenses information, normally in several locations, into one reading . . . an excellent text for graduate courses on psychological assessment. It would familiarize the student with the entire enterprise of clinical assessment and provide enough of a how-to guide for the student to carry out an assessment practicum." --Contemporary Psychology

"For both practitioners and students of psychological assessment, the expanded and updated Handbook provides guidance to the selection, administration, evaluation, and interpretation of the most commonly used psychological tests." --Reference and Research Book News

Author Notes

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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Organization of the Handbookp. 1
Role of the Clinicianp. 3
Patterns of Test Usage in Clinical Assessmentp. 5
Evaluating Psychological Testsp. 9
Validity in Clinical Practicep. 20
Clinical Judgmentp. 23
Phases in Clinical Assessmentp. 28
Recommended Readingp. 32
Chapter 2 Context of Clinical Assessmentp. 33
Types of Referral Settingsp. 33
Ethical Practice of Assessmentp. 43
Assessing Diverse Groupsp. 51
Selecting Psychological Testsp. 58
Computer-Assisted Assessmentp. 62
Recommended Readingp. 64
Chapter 3 The Assessment Interviewp. 65
History and Developmentp. 66
Issues Related to Reliability and Validityp. 70
Assets and Limitationsp. 71
The Assessment Interview and Case Historyp. 73
Mental Status Examinationp. 79
Interpreting Interview Datap. 84
Structured Interviewsp. 85
Recommended Readingp. 94
Chapter 4 Behavioral Assessmentp. 95
History and Developmentp. 97
Issues Related to Reliability and Validityp. 99
Assets and Limitationsp. 101
Strategies of Behavioral Assessmentp. 102
Recommended Readingp. 117
Chapter 5 Wechsler Intelligence Scalesp. 119
Testing of Intelligence: Pro and Conp. 119
History and Developmentp. 122
Reliability and Validityp. 126
Assets and Limitationsp. 129
Use with Diverse Groupsp. 132
Meaning of IQ Scoresp. 134
Cautions and Guidelines in Administrationp. 136
WAIS-IV/WISC-IV Successive-Level Interpretation Procedurep. 138
Wechsler Indexes and Subtestsp. 149
Assessing Brain Damagep. 166
Assessing Additional Special Populationsp. 173
Short Formsp. 178
Recommended Readingp. 181
Chapter 6 Wechsler Memory Scalesp. 183
History and Developmentp. 184
Reliability and Validityp. 189
Assets and Limitationsp. 191
Use with Diverse Groupsp. 193
Interpretation Procedurep. 193
Interpreting Patterns of Index Scoresp. 196
Comparing Scores on the WAIS-IV and the WMS-IVp. 203
Additional Considerations: Malingering and Evaluating Changep. 205
Recommended Readingp. 206
Chapter 7 Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventoryp. 207
History and Developmentp. 209
Reliability and Validityp. 214
Assets and Limitationsp. 217
Use with Diverse Groupsp. 220
Administrationp. 222
Interpretation Procedurep. 223
Computerized Interpretationp. 230
Validity Scalesp. 231
Clinical Scalesp. 237
2-Point Codesp. 257
MMPI-2 Content Scalesp. 280
MMPI-A Content Scalesp. 282
Harris-Lingoes and Si Subscalesp. 285
Critical Itemsp. 288
MMPI-2 and MMPI-A Supplementary Scalesp. 288
Recommended Readingp. 294
Chapter 8 Million Clinical Multiaxial Inventoryp. 295
History and Developmentp. 297
Reliability and Validityp. 300
Assets and Limitationsp. 302
Use with Diverse Groupsp. 306
Interpretation Procedurep. 307
Modifying Indices (Validity Scales)p. 310
Clinical Personality Patternsp. 312
Severe Personality Pathologyp. 327
Clinical Syndromesp. 331
Severe Syndromesp. 333
Recommended Readingp. 333
Chapter 9 California Psychological Inventoryp. 335
History and Developmentp. 336
Comparison with the MMPIp. 338
Reliability and Validityp. 339
Assets and Limitationsp. 340
Use with Diverse Groupsp. 343
Interpretation Proceduresp. 343
Vector Scale Interpretationp. 348
Individual Scalesp. 349
Special Purpose Scalesp. 371
Configural Interpretationp. 372
Recommended Readingp. 384
Chapter 10 The Rorschachp. 385
History and Developmentp. 386
Reliability and Validityp. 389
Assets and Limitationsp. 393
Use with Diverse Groupsp. 396
Future Directionsp. 396
Administrationp. 397
Scoringp. 400
Structural Summaryp. 407
Interpretationp. 415
Recommended Readingp. 446
Chapter 11 Thematic Apperception Testp. 447
History and Developmentp. 447
Theoretical Perspectivesp. 450
Reliability and Validityp. 452
Assets and Limitationsp. 455
Use with Diverse Groupsp. 457
Administrationp. 458
Typical Themes Elicitedp. 461
Scoring Proceduresp. 474
Interpretationp. 482
Recommended Readingp. 483
Chapter 12 Screening for Neuropsychological Impairmentp. 485
History and Developmentp. 486
Interviewing for Brain Impairmentp. 489
Domains of Neuropsychological Functioningp. 492
Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Testp. 501
Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Statusp. 511
Recommended Readingp. 517
Chapter 13 Brief Instruments for Treatment Planning, Monitoring, and Outcome Assessmentp. 519
Selecting Brief Instrumentsp. 520
Symptom Checklist-90-R (SCL-90-R) and Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI)p. 521
Beck Depression Inventoryp. 526
State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI)p. 530
Recommended Readingp. 533
Chapter 14 Psychological Assessment and Treatment Planningp. 535
Development and Approaches to Treatment Planningp. 536
A Systematic Approach to Treatment Selectionp. 541
Functional Impairmentp. 542
Social Supportp. 545
Problem Complexity/Chronicityp. 547
Coping Stylep. 549
Resistancep. 551
Subjective Distressp. 553
Problem-Solving Phasep. 556
Recommended Readingp. 558
Chapter 15 Psychological Reportp. 559
General Guidelinesp. 560
Format for a Psychological Reportp. 570
Sample Reportsp. 582
Recommended Readingp. 604
Appendix A Test publishers/distributorsp. 605
Appendix B Testing organizationsp. 609
Appendix C WISC-IV Norms Tables for Clinical Clustersp. 611
Appendix D Directions for Hand Scoring the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2) Validity and Clinical Scalesp. 621
Appendix E Rorschach Norms for Scoring Categoriesp. 623
Appendix F Rorschach Norms for Ratios, Percentages, and Special Indicesp. 627
Referencesp. 629
Author Indexp. 709
Subject Indexp. 731