Career assessments empower by becoming self-evaluations

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1338–1339. Charles C. Healy replies to Rodney L. Lowman's comments (see record 2006-06467-077) on Healy's review (see record 2006-06470-022) of Lowman's book, The Clinical Practice of Career Assessment: Interests, Abilities, and Personality by Rodney L. Lowman (see record 1991-97777-000). Healy says that Lowman misconstrues his concern about lack of attention to self-ratings in Healy's review of his book. Healy's concern stems from the belief that one cannot help clients in integrating testing findings without first understanding what clients already believe about themselves. It does not reflect a preference for self-help interventions. In terms of technical accuracy and communication, surely it is inappropriate to overstate the precision of test results and to mask characteristics of the norm groups that are used. Yet Lowman presents reports with single percentile scores for norm groups that are described minimally even though the norm group tested years earlier. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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