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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gina M. Caputo, MA, LCPC (Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book resulted from an APA conference on Applied Personality Psychology: The Intersection of Personality and I/O Psychology, held in 1999 at the University of Tulsa. The three areas covered are personality-I/O interface, measurement and assessment issues in applied personality psychology, and emerging themes in applied personality psychology.
Purpose: The conference was held in order to improve the information exchange between personality psychologists and I/O psychologists. The editors had sensed that both fields had limited themselves and had perhaps stagnated. Although I am not a fan of either field, the book would be important to those who are and it does a fine job of filling the gap.
Audience: According to the editors, the book should be useful to all members of the APA and especially those of the two fields. Both editors seem qualified for their task.
Features: The book describes both fields, personality psychology and I/O psychology, and then goes on to explore the interface. The book is well organized but dull.
Assessment: This book lists 20 contributors, all experts in the fields of personality and I/O psychology. To those psychologists, this book is a great unification of the most recent work to date.