Toward a Philosophy of Psychological Assessment

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 81–82. Reviews the book, Psychological Assessment: A Theory and Systems Approach by James R. Barclay (1991). This book describes the history and philosophy of psychological assessment and provides suggestions for a conceptual organization of assessment data. It is a unique book, intended to place psychological assessment in a broad, theoretical context and not to substitute for a text on psychological testing. This book's principal contribution is its exploration of psychological assessment's intellectual history. This encompasses a very broad range of information, including some of what historians of general psychology have claimed as their own philosophical and scientific roots, as well as some more specific intellectual antecedents of particular psychological constructs. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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