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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Elizabeth Perl, PhD (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This book, a sequel to the two volumes of Diagnostic Psychological Testing, provides a case collection that includes transcriptions of test responses, test records, and interpretations.
Purpose: This book fills a gap in the literature on psychological testing by providing broad diagnostic summaries with concrete case studies used to support diagnostic formulations. This is a worthy objective as few books on psychological testing delve into case study of test material in this comprehensive fashion. I do not think that this would be the best book to use to learn the technical use of testing instruments, but rather it provides more advanced guidance with the inferential process.
Audience: The intended audience includes clinical and academic psychologists as well as psychiatrists and social workers in clinical practice. But, because of the technical nature of the material that assumes an understanding of testing, I think that the book will be of most interest to psychologists or students who are engaged in psychological testing or the study of psychological testing.
Features: The book includes unusually extensive transcripts of test records organized by diagnostic groupings.
Assessment: This is a useful book for clinical psychologists or psychology students involved in the administration or study of psychological testing. The clinical records and interpretations offer a rich and detail-based source of material that effectively illuminates the process of diagnostic evaluation from psychological testing.