Integrative Assessment of Adult Personality, Third Edition / Edition 3

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A complete, thorough, and pragmatic guide to clinical assessment, this authoritative book meets a key need for both students and practitioners. The authors describe how to construct a "moving picture" of each patient by integrating data from a variety of sources. Included are detailed, systematic reviews of wildly used instruments together with strategies for selecting the best methods for particular referral questions. Readers learn to conduct integrated assessments that take the complexities of the individual personality into account, serve as the basis for developing an effective treatment plan, and facilitate meaningful reporting and client feedback. New to this edition: incorporates the latest research findings and assessment/treatment planning tools; chapters on the Personality Assessment Inventory and NEO-PI-R and NEO-PI-3; a new extended case example runs throughout the chapters; and critically evaluates the recently published MMPI-2-RF.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Personality assessment can be a holy grail of information if approached methodically and scientifically, but often this is neglected or incomplete. This book explores the entire process of personality assessment in this updated third edition.
Purpose: This book is intended to present a scientifically based, comprehensive approach to personality assessment. Its unique aspect is the shift in focus to the process of assessment rather than strictly interpretation of test scores.
Audience: The editors indicate that the book is intended for everyone from students to seasoned clinicians in psychology. It is written at an accessible level with some advanced concepts. The editors and contributing authors are well known for their scholarly activity in the field and their previous publication of similar books.
Features: As one might expect, an introduction to personality assessment begins the book, but this is a truly unique introduction that clearly defines personality upfront and discusses key issues related to social constructs of personality, social influences on diagnostic understanding, and the contributions of certain systems or networks in the greater context of personality constructs. This is followed by a chapter on referral contexts and test selection, which is certainly a relevant topic, but the chapter leaves something to be desired. It seems to stray from personality assessment into cognitive assessment, which is of dubious value in this book, and then does so in an incomplete way. A chapter on the InnerLife and STS (systematic treatment selection) approach states that it is beyond the scope of the chapter to provide detailed information about the approach, but it leaves readers wondering if not here, then where? The case examples illustrate the point of STS, so having all the details regarding the approach before the case presentation would be more helpful. Subsequent chapters continue to have moments that stray from the book's topic, such as a discussion of mailing maps, directions, fee structure, and consent form to the patient ahead of time. In this sense, the book is also too basic for seasoned clinicians. The MMPI-2 chapter is, unfortunately, subpar and too brief to be of any real use and thus not worth including. The MCMI chapter is better suited to the book, given its brief introduction of psychometrics and scales, followed by an integrative discussion of the dimensions of personality traits for the purposes of treatment planning, a key concept in this book. The chapter on integrating assessment findings is a worthy inclusion, but falls short in the sense of bringing up problems or challenges, but never concretely resolving them. Even if the answer is not black or white, providing alternatives or suggestions based on the literature would be helpful. As a final thought, the issue of clinical versus actuarial judgment never comes up in this book as a focus of discussion or a review of the literature, which is quite unsatisfactory given how naive many providers are about these issues that can have a major impact on assessment decision-making. The references are current to the last decade, but it is difficult to find many in the last 3-4 years, which is unexpected in an updated edition.
Assessment: This book takes a positive step towards instructing clinicians in advanced personality assessment, but falls short in a number of areas that temper my enthusiasm for it. It must have some popularity to warrant a third edition, but this is likely limited to its use as a graduate instruction tool. There are some notable changes, such as the addition of the PAI and MMPI-2-RF, but the quality of these sections does not make it worth updating, especially since this is not an interpretive guide for measures.
From the Publisher

"Every once in a great while, a book comes along that is truly indispensable. Integrative Assessment of Adult Personality is such a book. Comprehensive, authoritative, and scholarly, the third edition will be a valuable addition to any practitioner’s library, and is well suited as a text for graduate courses in psychological assessment."--Robert F. Krueger, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota

"As both a classroom text and a practitioner reference, this volume provides considerable insight into the importance of an integrated approach to assessment across clinical, research, forensic, and educational settings. It is an essential work that incorporates principles, procedures, and tests into a single volume. I enthusiastically recommend this book to all mental health professionals and their trainees. The third edition attests to these outstanding authors' continuing contributions to the field."--Terence M. Keane, PhD, VA National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Boston University School of Medicine

"This third edition provides a masterful synthesis of cutting-edge practice and research on adult psychological assessment. The authors explain/m-/and illustrate in a compelling case example/m-/how to integrate information into a coherent, treatment-useful assessment. They walk us step by step through defining the referral question, selecting tests, conducting the clinical interview and the major inventories, providing feedback, and preparing an integrated report. Impressive and unique in so many ways!"/m-/John C. Norcross, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychology, University of Scranton

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609186500
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 475
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

T. Mark Harwood, PhD, is the former Director of Clinical Training and Core Faculty in Wheaton College’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. He has had extensive experience as a clinician, investigator, faculty member, and administrator, and has published widely in professional journals and textbooks, with a primary focus on psychotherapy outcome research. He is currently in private practice in St. Charles, Illinois.
Larry E. Beutler, PhD, is the William McInnes Distinguished Professor and former Chair of the PhD Programs at Palo Alto University’s Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. He is also Consulting Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Beutler is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society and is the author of 23 books and over 400 scholarly papers and chapters.
Gary Groth-Marnat, PhD, ABPP, ABAP, is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute and a psychologist in private practice in Santa Barbara, California. He is the author of 150 chapters/journal articles and four books. Dr. Groth-Marnat is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 12), Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment, Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, Diplomate of the American Board of Assessment Psychology, and recipient of numerous awards.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Integrative Assessment of Adult Personality, Larry E. Beutler, Rita Rosner, Gary Groth-Marnat, T. Mark Harwood, and Hui-Qi Tong
2. Approaching the Patient: Referral Contexts, Test Selection, and Clinical Judgment, Gary Groth-Marnat, Larry E. Beutler, T. Mark Harwood, and Lisa Joseph
3. Identifying Treatment-Relevant Assessment: Systematic Treatment Selection/InnerLife, T. Mark Harwood, Larry E. Beutler, Oliver B. Williams, and R. Scott Stegman
4. The Integrative Clinical Interview, Paulo Machado, Larry E. Beutler, T. Mark Harwood, David Mohr, and Samarea Lenore
5. Integrating Intelligence and Personality, Elizabeth J. Austin, Gregory J. Boyle, Gary Groth-Marnat, Gerald Matthews, Donald H. Saklofske, Vicki L. Schwean, and Moshe Zeidner
6. The MMPI-2, James N. Butcher, Larry E. Beutler, T. Mark Harwood, and Kathy Blau
7. The Personality Assessment Inventory, Leslie C. Morey, Sara E. Lowmaster, T. Mark Harwood, and Daniel Pratt
8. The Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III, Paul D. Retzlaff, Thomas Dunn, and T. Mark Harwood
9. The NEO Inventories, Robert R. McCrae, T. Mark Harwood, and Sarah L. Kelly
10. The Rorschach and Performance-Based Assessment, Radhika Krishnamurthy, Robert P. Archer, and Gary Groth-Marnat
11. Integrative Personality Assessment in Special Settings, Gary Groth-Marnat, Ronald A. Stolberg, Bruce Bongar, and Keith Burke
12. Integrative Personality Assessment with Older Adults and Ethnic Minorities, Martha R. Crowther, Audrey L. Austin, Forrest Scogin, T. Mark Harwood, and Sean Harrell
13. Applying Assessment Information: Decision Making, Patient Feedback, and Consultation, Richard W. Levak, R. Sean Hogan, Larry E. Beutler, and Xiaoxia Song
14. The Integrated Psychological Report, Steven Kvaal, James Choca, Gary Groth-Marnat, and Ari Davis
Appendix A. Test Scores for D. K. by Chapter
Appendix B. Test Publishers/Distributors
Appendix C. Systematic Treatment Selection Analysis
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