Description: This book provides the theory and relevant methodology behind the assessment and measurement of psychopathology. It further describes how the signs and symptoms we have come to know and use today have been developed and formed into diagnostic categories.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to provide an applicable, practical, and quick reference tool for the essential understanding of the measurement of psychopathology. The information is brilliantly organized and gives the reader both the methods designed to improve diagnostics and the scales used in both clinical practice and in research. The authors' objectives are worthy, and they successfully provide an excellent, concise tool for the measurement of psychopathology.
Audience: This book is intended for clinicians and nonclinical scientists in psychiatric research, clinical psychologists, psychiatric residents, and psychiatrists. This book will additionally serve as an exceptional teaching tool in upper level graduate classes (e.g. psychometrics and assessment).
Features: This book begins with a strong chapter on the definition of psychopathology, thus laying the groundwork for the subsequent chapters on topics such as defining and classifying disorders, validity, reliability, and utility, diagnostic interviews, and rating scales. Highlights include tables that describe the scales and diagnostic instruments for evaluation of patients. These tables include the authors, type of interview, and time needed to administer. This is extremely helpful as a reference for those in research and in clinical practice. The index and bibliography stand out, and the overall structure of the book makes it a pure pleasure to read and reference.
Assessment: Compared to the other guides available in the mental health field, this book would be my first choice for two reasons. One, it is well-written, and two, it is applicable in research, academia, and in clinical practice. As a researcher and professor of psychology, I am impressed on many levels as I have reviewed similiar books, guides, etc. and have often been let down. I was pleased with this book and have gladly added it to my own personal library.