Decent Advances in Psychological Assessment

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 384–385. Reviews the book, Advances in Psychological Assessment, Vol. 4 edited by Paul McReynolds (1977). The fourth volume of Advances in Psychological Assessment is a nonintegrated collection of original articles covering a broad domain of topics and approaches. The ostensible purpose of this volume is to keep psychological practitioners and behavioral scientists “abreast of new developments in assessment techniques and of new perspectives on older techniques.” The first article is a review of special scales of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). The Jackson Personality Inventory is discussed in sincere tones by its developer, Douglas Jackson, who does an excellent job of presenting its underlying rationale and instrument development procedures. The second half of the book includes six chapters on relatively specific individual differences dimensions: self-disclosing behavior, assertiveness, depression, memory, cognitive style, and curiosity. The remaining chapters may be read more selectively depending on what the reader feels he or she may not need to know. It is a mixed collection of viewpoints, trends, aspirations, and advertisements. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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