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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Tony A. Fletcher, PsyD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is the second edition of a text that addresses the use and clinical utility of the Bender Gestalt as a neuropsychological screening instrument for cognitive dysfunction. This update to the 1984 edition offers a process approach to administering, scoring, and interpreting this archaic instrument in the domain of visuoconstructive/perceptual-motor functioning.
Purpose: The purpose is to instruct the reader in the proper administration and scoring of the Bender Gestalt in a standardized fashion; to give value to behavioral observations in interpretation; to interpret the instrument in a step-by-step fashion; to provide a comprehensive text for the use of the Bender Gestalt as a neuropsychological instrument for screening cognitive impairment; and to add depth to a comprehensive evaluation. This is an interesting revision to a book on an outmoded screening instrument.
Audience: It is well-suited for mental health students and professionals who continue to use this instrument in research and clinical applications. Those who have been searching for an improved scoring system for the Bender Gestalt will find it useful.
Features: This edition is largely revised from the previous one, with twice as many research oriented references and relevant neuropsychological topics with five new chapters. Key points are delineated for each chapter. The references are sufficient and give merit to the author's longstanding understanding of this screening instrument.
Assessment: Overall this is a book for professionals and students in the mental health and social service professionals who find some benefit from using the Bender Gestalt as a cognitive screening device. It attempts to unite theory and empirical evidence and connect them to relevant neuropsychological issues to give merit and respect to this once important instrument.