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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Eric J. Van Denburg, PhD (Lakeside Veterans Administration Medical Center)
Description: This book describes the rationale and usage of the Millon Clinical Inventories in forensic practice. The book includes nine chapters and provides an excellent overview of the psychometric, structural, and theoretical properties of the Millon Inventories. Forensic issues are amply discussed, and many case examples provide clear descriptions of the many ways forensic psychologists might use the Millon Inventories.
Purpose: The authors' purpose is to "outline specific methods for using these tests in forensic contexts;" because "in our forensic work, the Millon Inventories have shown themselves to be of great practical utility." These are worthy objectives because the use of the Millon Inventories and the practice of forensic psychological work have grown greatly over the past several years. The authors admirably succeed in their objectives; their clear and thorough work provides sophisticated coverage of legal and psychological domains.
Audience: The book appears to have been designed for practitioners in clinical psychology with some degree of experience in both psychological testing and forensic work. Attorneys who consult or deal with forensic psychologists would appreciate this book, especially in the process of cross-examination. It is also possible that the book could be used in an advanced graduate class in forensic psychology. Given its clarity and pithiness, its descriptions of the Millon Inventories would be a useful source in any clinical psychology graduate objective assessment sequence.
Features: Several of the chapters offer concluding comments that are useful. Numerous tables and practical case examples are offered. The individual chapters are well organized with clear headings. They provided useful information on validity cutting scores of the Millon Inventories that would be beneficial to students learning the inventories. The table of contents, reference list, and index seemed adequate.
Assessment: This is a clear and dense volume that is likely to be used by forensic psychologists interested in the Millon Inventories for several years to come. Those who have had some prior experience with the clinical applications of Millon's tests will probably find the book the most useful. The book would be challenging but satisfying to advanced students in clinical psychology. The authors' clarity of thought, empirical interests, legal savvy, and strong ethical base are to be commended. The book is a model text for an advanced, complex integration of forensic work and psychology.