Clinical Personality Assessment: Practical Approaches

Clinical Personality Assessment: Practical Approaches

Clinical Personality Assessment: Practical Approaches

Clinical Personality Assessment: Practical Approaches

Synopsis

Clinical Personality Assessment, 2/e, is the revised edition of an acclaimed comprehensive clinical personality assessment text. In this updated volume, contributors from a diverse range of psychological disciplines address a number of central issues in personality assessment in clinical and forensic settings. Focusing on key problem areas in the field, the authors emphasize practical issues in their chapters. The result is a work of outstanding variety and depth of coverage with a useful, hands-on focus. The second edition has been updated to include several new topics, such as psychophysiological methods in assessing emotions, assessment of clients' marital satisfaction, behavior genetic considerations in personality assessment, and assessment of suicide risk. Other topics include ethical considerations in clinical personality assessment, assessment of racial and ethnic minorities, sources of personality information, and problems in personality assessment. A practical, context-based approach is maintained throughout, and a helpful appendix listing psychological assessment tests and procedures concludes the book. A definitive text in its field, Clinical Personality Assessment, 2/e, is ideal for both students and practicing clinical psychologists.

Excerpt

I noted in the preface to the first edition of Clinical Personality Assessment that my own somewhat narrow focus in the clinical assessment area had led me to pay insufficient attention to other approaches to personality assessment. However, I have always been intrigued with other potential sources of information that can add to our understanding of personality structure and process. When I was initially asked to develop a broad-based book that would cross special-interest areas and assessment strategies and focus on practical ideas in psychological assessment for practitioners and researchers, I was excited about the prospect of learning more about the way other professionals assess personality. The outcome of the first edition clearly exceeded my own expectations. The first edition of this book, with its broad range of contributions, was successful at providing a varied and effective perspective of many diverse viewpoints about clinical assessment. The contributors in the first edition provided clarification on issues that cut across theoretical lines in the field of personality assessment and highlighted many valuable assessment strategies. When Joan Bossert at Oxford University Press asked me to consider a revision of the book I did not hesitate. The first edition was so rewarding that I immediately agreed to proceed.

The revision and expansion of a successful edited volume is a somewhat chancy undertaking. One has to eliminate some original contributions in order to incorporate new topics. Our general goal was to expand the focus of the volume while at the same time maintaining much of the strength of the original volume. In order to bring in five or six new perspectives it was necessary to make some sacrifices in the existing text. The strategy for the revision of the book followed several lines: It was necessary to determine which of the contributions should be revised for the second edition and what new additional topical areas we would want to include. For example, we wanted to address areas such as physiological assessment methods, behavior genetic contributions, and assessment of marital happiness. With regard to replacement of earlier chapters, we decided that some arbitrary decision had to be made based on fit or on frequency of use. However, some of those chapters that did not make the second edition were not included because some authors) were retired or unavailable to undertake a revision.

I would like to express my appreciation for the encouragement and support of Joan Bossert and for her continued interest in this topic area. In addition, I would like to express my thanks . . .

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