Diagnostic Psychological Testing: The Theory, Statistical Evaluation, and Diagnostic Application of a Battery of Tests - Vol. 2

Diagnostic Psychological Testing: The Theory, Statistical Evaluation, and Diagnostic Application of a Battery of Tests - Vol. 2

Diagnostic Psychological Testing: The Theory, Statistical Evaluation, and Diagnostic Application of a Battery of Tests - Vol. 2

Diagnostic Psychological Testing: The Theory, Statistical Evaluation, and Diagnostic Application of a Battery of Tests - Vol. 2

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As work progressed on this second volume, we were less able to present in statistical fashion--with the data at our disposal--our accumulated experience in and the practical principles of clinical diagnostic work. We became aware of the need for further study of variants of the clinical groups we used, and of clinical groups not included because of inadequate and unrepresentative samples; we found gaps where developmental studies could and should have supplemented our clinical studies; we saw where the study of certain specific constellations of clinical symptomatology might have decided a number of theoretical issues that arose from the analysis of our data. Furthermore, when our project was conceived the sections on "rationale" were designed only as glossary remarks, but as the writing continued they grew in scope. Sketchy outlines of a fragmentary theory of thought processes emerged, but these fragments did not--and at this point could not--crystallize into a unitary framework. Unfortunately, the exigencies of the war made a delay in publication, for the purpose of further investigation, unfeasible.

My friend, Roy Schafer, who designed and executed the statistical work of the study, is leaving us to join the Army. In this second volume not only the statistical work, but many of the formulations are also his.

The editing of this volume was again the work of our friend, Will Gibson.

We are grateful for the devotion of our secretary, Mrs. Elizabeth Daniels Liest, to this work. In the technical preparation of this volume we were aided by the interne-psychologists of our Department: Mr. Martin Mayman, Mrs. Sarah Schafer, and Miss Elaine Grimm.

D. R.

April, 1945.

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