Personality Assessment

Edited by Robert P. Archer, Steven R. Smith

© 2008 – Routledge

476 pages

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About the Book

Personality Assessment provides an overview of the most popular self-report and performance-based personality assessment instruments. Designed with graduate-level clinical and counseling psychology programs in mind, the book serves as an instructional text for courses in objective or projective personality assessment. It provides coverage of eight of the most popular assessment instruments used in the United States—from authors key in creating, or developing the research base for these test instruments. The uniquely informed perspective of these leading researchers, as well as chapters on clinical interviewing, test feedback, and integrating test results into a comprehensive report, will offer students and clinicians a level of depth and complexity not available in other texts.


"Smith and Archer’s new edited text on personality assessment is an exceptional effort at conveying a comprehensive and critical review of contemporary personality assessment. The authors utilize a consistent and balanced format of scientific critique and clinical procedure to discuss the wide range of current assessment strategies. Each chapter is thorough and objective in its review of the psychometric properties of the assessment measure. The practical utility of the text is maximized by the in-depth descriptions of administrative and interpretive procedures, clinical examples, and further readings."

- Arnold L. Stolberg, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training, Virginia Commonwealth University

"This volume is exceptionally well suited as a comprehensive text on personality assessment for graduate-level courses in clinical and counseling psychology. The individual chapters present important information regarding the field of personality assessment and its contributions to diagnosis and treatment. Detailed information is also provided about the most widely used interview and performance-based assessment procedures, and self-report and projective personality tests."

- Charles D. Spielberger, PhD, ABPP, Director, Center for Research in Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology, University of South Florida

Table of Contents

Smith, Archer, Introducing Personality Assessment. Maruish, The Clinical Interview. Ben-Porath, Archer, The MMPI-2 and MMPI-AMMPI. Craig, Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III. Morey, Hopwood, The Personality Assessment Inventory. Costa, McCrae, The NEO Inventories. Merrel, Harlacher, Behavior Rating Scales. Meyer, Viglione, An Introduction to Rorschach Assessment. Ackerman, Fowler, Clemence, TAT and Other Performance-based Assessment Techniques. Fischer, Finn, Developing the Life Meaning of Psychological Test Data: Collaborative and Therapeutic Approaches. Blais, Smith, Improving the Integrative Process in Psychological Assessment: Data Organization and Report Writing.

About the Editors

Robert P. Archer, Ph.D., is professor and director of Psychology at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Steven R. Smith, Ph.D., is associate professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Personality
PSYCHOLOGY / Assessment, Testing & Measurement