Handbook of Psychodiagnostic Testing: Analysis of Personality in the Psychological Report / Edition 3

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Overview

After administering a psychological test, the psychologist must analyze the test data and create a report. This handbook is designed to assist readers in composing psychological reports. This is the only resource available that systematically analyzes both the personality of the patient and the requirements essential for writing test results in relevant, effective reports. All pertinent sectors of the personality are analyzed along with the corresponding sections of the psychodiagnostic report. Each chapter in this book considers a separate aspect of personality so that, as the book unfolds, the report gradually emerges as a precise and meaningful psychological document. By using this book, readers will be better equipped to formulate reports based on the particular needs and conflicts of the patients. For professionals working in the field of psychology.

The clinical interview, reality testing & cognitive functioning, defensive structure, etc.

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This discussion of the various elements involved in psychological assessments emphasizes the analysis of personality, especially anxiety. Previous editions were published in 1997, 1991, and 1981.
Purpose: According to the authors, "this handbook is designed to offer psychology students, as well as professional psychologists, a central resource for the construction and organization of psychological test reports." Its aim is "to help the reader conceptualize the theory of psychological report development by carefully examining the analysis of personality and the logic of effectively communicating such psychological phenomena in the report."
Audience: Psychology students and professional psychologists are the intended audience.
Features: The book presents a step-by-step approach to organizing and writing psychological reports, beginning with the referral question. The authors continue with the clinical interview and give some insight on intellectual functioning. However, as the subtitle suggests, the book emphasizes personality functioning, especially how anxiety influences personality structure, emotional control, and behavior. It deals extensively with defensive functioning and interpersonal behavior and ends with diagnosis and prognosis. The authors teach readers how to incorporate the most important elements of human functioning so the report can communicate clearly and effectively. The chapters are arranged fairly uniformly with summary tables and a summary narrative at the end of each. These tables are very informative and help to bring the material together. The CODA at the end of the book is helpful in providing tips for overcoming difficulties in report writing. In addition, numerous listings of recommended readings refer to specific sections of the report. This book encourages assessing client strengths as well as pathology. It is written from a psychodynamic and/or psychoanalytic standpoint, especially the role of anxiety in personality, and readers from other theoretical persuasions may be slightly disappointed. By design, there are no sample reports, but sample reports would be of great benefit to graduate students or young professionals in the field. Discussion of psychological reports without any examples of narrative is a significant drawback. The lack of references seems odd.
Assessment: This book is helpful for graduate psychology students and young professionals learning how to write good psychological reports, especially the personality section which always is the most difficult to formulate. It is appealing to those who embrace a psychodynamic or psychoanalytic theoretical persuasion. The authors note the need for this update because it "covers the newer elements in the development of nomenclature, including the emerging interest in borderline and narcissistic pathologies, the latest revision of the DSM, and references to the latest versions of the classic intelligence tests for children and adults." Since so many things have transpired since 1997 in terms of research and clinical practice, the fourth edition is justified.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205195077
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/26/1996
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 6.23 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Kellerman, Ph.D, Diplomate in clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, is training alalyst and senior supervisor at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in New York City. He is the author and editor of many books and numerous scientific papers and was the editor of the Columbia University Press book series Personality, Psychopathology, and Psychotherapy: Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives. A former National Institute of Mental Health Fellow, Dr. Kellerman is also a Fellow of th American Psychological Association and the American Group Psychotherapy Association. He has held faculty and staff positions at several hospitals and universities and maintains a private psychoanalytic practice in New York City.

Anthony Burry, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst and Diplomate, American Board of Assessment Psychology, was formerly the Director of Psychology Internship Training, supervisor, and faculty memeber at the Postgraduate Center of Mental Health in New York City. Dr. Burry was also the Director of Psychological Evaluation at Comprehensive Psychological Services, and a Senior Supervisor of school mental health programs at the Brooklyn Center for Psychotherapy. He was Director of Psychology at Community Services for Human Development in New York City and was also a consultant in psychological assessment for seminary education for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. Dr. Burry has also held clinical positions involving psychotherapy and psychodiagnostic testing at St.Vincent's Guidance Institute in New York City and at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Burry maintains a private practice in psychotherapy and Psychodiagnostic testing in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Referral 1
2 Sections of the Psychodiagnostic Report 7
3 The Clinical Interview 19
4 Reality Testing and Cognitive Functioning: Psychosis 37
5 Reality Testing and Cognitive Functioning: Personality Disorders and Neuroses 49
6 Intellectual Functioning: The I.Q. Analysis 61
7 Intellectual Functioning: Subtest and Scatter Analysis 73
8 The Nature of Anxiety 85
9 Impulse Versus Control: The Vicissitudes of Impulse 99
10 Impulse Versus Control: The Nature of Control Mechanisms 109
11 Defensive Structure 123
12 Interpersonal Behavior: Identity 137
13 Interpersonal Behavior: Character Diagnosis 149
14 Diagnosis and Prognosis: Diagnostic Principles 165
15 Diagnosis and Prognosis: Diagnostic Nosology 175
16 Intelligence Test Reports for Counselors, Teachers, and Parents and Testing of Preschoolers 197
Coda: Overcoming Impasses in Report Writing 211
Recommended Readings 217
Index 221
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