This book constitutes a collection of articles that were written for, and recently published as, special sections in three consecutive issues of the Journal of Personality Assessment.
Part I provides lucid commentaries on the current status of and future issues regarding the Rorschach and MMPI-2 and other instruments, including the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory -- Adolescent (MMPI-A), the Interpersonal Adjective Scales (IAS-R), the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems -- Circumplex version (IIP-C), the revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI-R), and the third edition of the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI-III). The authors not only participated in the dvelopment of the instruments, but continue to lead the research effort in their application in both clinical and research settings.
Part II addresses several issues that have been recurring themes, and often topics of debate, in the research and professional literature. The contributors discuss the impact of the five-factor model on personality assessment, the issue of deception in personality assessment, and various critical issues in the measurement of mood states. Other articles focus on the integration of the MMPI-2 and Rorschach and the process that clinicians should follow when applying scientific knowledge to clinical practice.
Part III is primarily devoted to overviews of several statistical methods that are employed infrequently in personality assessment research, but have great potential in contributing to the understanding of the complex data sets often encountered in the measurement and study of personality. These articles serve as both an introduction and a brief tutorial for personality researchers who are unfamiliar with the subject matter. They are valuable references that will form the basis for evaluating the appropriate use of these methods in published research in their areas of interest.
Contents: Preface. Part I: Personality Assessment Instruments: Current Status and Future Research Directions. I.B. Weiner, Current Status of the Rorschach Inkblot Method. R.L. Greene, R. Gwin, M. Staal, Current Status of MMPI-2 Research: A Methodological Overview. J.E. Exner, The Future of the Rorschach in Personality Assessment. A.B. Caldwell, Whither Goest Our Redoubtable Mentor, the MMPI/MMPI-2? T. Millon, R.D. Davis, The MCMI-3: Present and Future Directions. P.T. Costa, R.R. McCrae, Stability and Change in Personality Assessment: The Revised NEO Personality Inventory in the Year 2000. R.P. Archer, Future Directions for the MMPI-A: Research and Clinical Issues. J.S. Wiggins, K.K. Trobst, Prospects for the Assessment of Normal and Abnormal Interpersonal Behavior. Part II: Continuing Issues in Personality Assessment. T.A. Widiger, T.J. Trull, Assessment of the Five-Factor Model of Personality. D.S. Nichols, R.L. Greene, Dimensions of Deception in Personality Assessment: The Example of the MMPI-2. D. Watson, L.A. Clark, The Measurement and Mismeasurement of Mood: Recurrent and Emergent Issues. G.J. Meyer, On the Integration of Personality Assessment Methods: The Rorschach and the MMPI-2. D. Faust, Of Science, Meta-Science, and Clinical Practice: The Generalization of a Generalization to a Particular. Part III: Advances in Statistical Methods for Personality Assessment Research. J.A. Schinka, L.LaLone, J.A. Broeckel, Statistical Methods in Personality Assessment Research. L.J. Davis, K.P. Offord, Logistic Regression. S.L. Crowley, X. Fan, Structural Equation Modeling: Basic Concepts and Applications in Personality Assessment Research. R.L. Gorsuch, Exploratory Factor Analysis: Its Role in Item Analysis. A.T. Panter, W.G. Dahlstrom, J.S. Tanaka, Factor Analytic Approaches to Personality Item-Level Data.