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Personality Assessment in Depth

A Casebook, 1st Edition

By Marshall L. Silverstein


344 pages | 37 B/W Illus.

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Comprised of five unique and extended case studies, Personality Assessment in Depth examines contemporary clinical problems that are familiar to clinicians, but have not been explored extensively in the personality assessment field. Each case study demonstrates the test protocols of the Rorschach test, Thematic Apperception Test, MMPI or MCMI, and Human Figure Drawings. Important clinical questions and areas of theoretical concern are examined, including differential diagnosis of disorders of affect and personality in light of contemporary viewpoints about these disturbances, personality and adaptation accompanying neuropsychological deficit, and stages of development, including differentiating these from personality characteristics viewed longitudinally, the latter demonstrated by a noteworthy comparison of two evaluations of the same patient, first as a 15-year-old adolescent and then as a 25-year-old adult.

A battery of performance and self report personality instruments are applied to the cases, allowing the author to integrate findings across multiple tests and thereby expose clinical psychology students to personality assessment in a broad perspective. Cases are discussed comprehensively, relying on a thorough consideration of thematic content examined alongside formal test scores. Further, the Rorschach findings are examined using both the Exner Comprehensive System and the recently-introduced Rorschach Performance Assessment System approaches. The cases are considered using a broad psychodynamic framework for interpretation, employing classical ego psychology, object relations, and self psychological theoretical perspectives. This is an essential casebook for professionals and students, demonstrating the depth and richness of personality considered alongside the empirical foundations of personality assessment.


"Marshall Silverstein skillfully blends contemporary psychological science with wisdom born of extensive clinical experience; the people he describes come alive on these pages, emerging as complex individuals with rich inner lives. Personality Assessment in Depth will be an invaluable resource to seasoned clinicians who practice personality assessment, and an inspiration to students as they wrestle with challenges of formulating an integrative, in-depth understanding of the individual patient." - Robert F. Bornstein, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, New York

Table of Contents

1. Empirically-Based and Content-Based Clinical Interpretation 2. Personality Problems Associated with Affect Dysregulation 3. Personality Problems in Adolescence 4. Personality Problems in Later Life 5. Personality Problems Associated with Cerebral Dysfunction 6. Continuity and Change from Adolescence to Young Adulthood

About the Author

Marshall L. Silverstein, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Long Island University. Dr. Silverstein is the author of two other books: Self Psychology and Diagnostic Assessment and Disorders of the Self.

About the Series

Personality and Clinical Psychology

This series of books is intended to provide information about personality processes and their implications for the science and practice of clinical psychology. To this end, the books in the series integrate conceptual formulations, research findings, and practical recommendations concerning a broad range of topics, including theoretical perspectives on the nature of personality; biological and psychosocial influences on personality development; continuity and change in dimensions of personality across the lifespan; personality characteristics likely to foster adjustment difficulties; classification of abnormal personality patterns associated with psychopathological conditions; assessment procedures for evaluating individual differences in personality and identifying types of psychopathology; and methods of ameliorating adjustment problems, treating psychological disturbances, and promoting positive mental health.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health