1st Edition

Personality Assessment Paradigms and Methods A Collaborative Reassessment of Madeline G

Edited By Christopher J. Hopwood, Mark Waugh Copyright 2020
    268 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    268 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is an update of Paradigms of Personality Assessment by Jerry Wiggins (2003, Guilford), a landmark volume in the personality assessment literature. The first half of Wiggins (2003) described five major paradigms: psychodynamic (as exemplified by the Rorschach and TAT), narrative (interview data), interpersonal (circumplex instruments), multivariate (five-factor instruments), and empirical (MMPI). In the second half of the book, expert representatives of each paradigm interpreted test data from the same patient, Madeline. 

    In this follow-up, personality experts describe innovations in each of the major paradigms articulated by Wiggins since the time of his book, including the advancement of therapeutic assessment, validation of the Rorschach Performance Assessment System, development of a multimethod battery for integrated interpersonal assessment, publication of the Restructured Form of the MMPI-2, and integration of multivariate Five-Factor Model instruments with personality disorder diagnosis. These innovations are highlighted in a reassessment of Madeline 17 years later. 

    This book, which provides a rich demonstration of trans-paradigmatic multimethod assessment by leading scholars in the personality assessment field in the context of one of the most interesting and thorough case studies in the history of clinical assessment, will be a useful resource for students, researchers, and practicing clinicians.

    1. Madeline G. and Five Personality Assessment Paradigms Two Decades On
    2. by Christopher J. Hopwood and Mark H. Waugh


    3. Therapeutic Assessment of Madeline G.
    4. by Stephen E. Finn


    5. A Psychodynamic Perspective on Madeline G.
    6. by Gregory J. Meyer, Joni L. Mihura, and Mark H. Waugh


    7. A Contemporary Interpersonal Reassessment of Madeline G.
    8. by Aaron L. Pincus, Christopher J. Hopwood, and Sindes Dawood


    9. Madeline G. and the Five Factor Model
    10. by Thomas A. Widiger and Cristina Crego


    11. The Empirical Paradigm and Madeline G.
    12. by Yossef S. Ben-Porath


    13. Communicating Assessment Findings to Madeline G.
    14. by Stephen E. Finn


    15. Past, Present, and Future in Personality Assessment
    16. by Christopher J. Hopwood and Mark H. Waugh



    Christopher J. Hopwood, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis.

    Mark H. Waugh, Ph.D., ABPP, is Staff Psychologist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Adjunct Clinical and Teaching Faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and in private practice in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.


    "This remarkable sequel to Wiggins’ (2003) multimethod case study extends the Madeline G. story over a 20-year period in a manner that is edifying and compelling. With a new set of expert collaborators employing updated tests and advances in assessment paradigms, Hopwood and Waugh’s text delivers vital applied learning, illustrating the power of a longitudinal frame of personality assessment that reveals trait consistency, age-related drifts, and new adaptations. It is ultimately person-centered and empathic. This is an essential read for personality assessors and therapists alike."
    Radhika Krishnamurthy, Psy.D., ABAP, Clinical Psychology Professor, Florida Institute of Technology

    'Drs. Hopwood and Waugh have assembled a remarkable revisiting of the classic 2003 work by Wiggins, viewing the contemporary status of the original case of Madeline through the lens of different paradigms of personality assessment. Providing both continuity with the original as well as insight into advances in recent years, this volume is an assessment tour de force that should be required reading for anyone wishing to understand of the state of the art in the field.'
    Leslie C. Morey, Ph.D., George T. and Gladys H. Abell Professor of Psychology, Texas A&M University

    "Personality Assessment Paradigms and Methods: A Collaborative Reassessment of Madeline G, edited by luminaries Christopher Hopwood and Mark Waugh, demonstrates the power of personality assessment to reveal the inner workings of a person with a depth that is almost startling. This book presents a mosaic of carefully hewn pieces, perspectives yielded from the application of five paradigms for examining psychological assessment data, which, when melded together reveal Madeline in her uniqueness and complexity. I cannot imagine a more captivating way for students to learn about psychological assessment or for more senior assessors to expand their interpretive repertoires. With chapters written by of roster of our most distinguished, talented personality assessors Madeline G. 2.0 is a triumph."
    Virginia Brabender, PhD, ABPP (cl), Distinguished University Professor (2017-2020), Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, Widener University

    "Destined to become a classic in 21st century personality assessment, Hopwood and Waugh’s Personality Assessment Paradigms and Methods should be on every clinician’s bookshelf. With chapters written by luminaries in our field, this volume blends clinical wisdom with rigorous empirical evidence to illuminate the nuances of human behavior and mental life. Students and seasoned professionals like will benefit from this incisive, engaging book."
    Robert F. Bornstein, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Adelphi University

    "With the reassessment of Madeline G almost two decades later, this book re-invigorates Wiggins’ seminal text on personality assessment. It provides an updated, comprehensive overview of how different personality assessment paradigms answer three important questions: "What is personality?" "How do we measure it?" and "What should we measure?" The captivating Madeline G brings each paradigm to life. This is a must-read for practitioners and trainees and belongs on the syllabus of every course for the next generation of personality assessors."
    Nicole M. Cain, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University