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Testing has a solid place in the history of psychology, but it is also in constant flux due to developments and controversies. This introductory undergraduate text provides an overview of many facets of psychological tests and measurement principles, including the basics of statistics. The latest edition includes Internet resources and more discussion of computer-administered tests. In addition to outlining principles and applications of the tests most widely used in schools, business, industry, the military, and clinical settings, the text covers social issues such as test bias and lawsuits that have affected testing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534162337
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Series: Psychology Ser.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3

Table of Contents

Part I Principles 1
Chapter 1 Introduction 3
Basic Concepts 7
Overview of the Book 11
Historical Perspective 13
Summary 25
InfoTrac College Edition Exercise 25
Web Activity 26
Chapter 2 Norms and Basic Statistics for Testing 27
Why We Need Statistics 28
Scales of Measurement 29
Frequency Distributions 33
Percentile Ranks 36
Percentiles 39
Describing Distributions 40
Norms 54
Summary 61
InfoTrac College Edition Exercise 61
Web Activity 61
Chapter 3 Correlation and Regression 63
The Scatter Diagram 64
Correlation 66
Regression 67
Other Correlation Coefficients 80
Terms and Issues in the Use of Correlation 82
Multivariate Analysis (Optional) 85
Summary 89
Appendix 3-1 Calculation of a Regression Equation and a Correlation Coefficient 92
InfoTrac College Edition Exercise 96
Web Activity 96
Chapter 4 Reliability 98
History and Theory of Reliability 99
Models of Reliability 105
Reliability in Behavioral Observation Studies 115
Connecting Sources of Error with Reliability Assessment Method 118
Using Reliability Information 119
Summary 126
Appendix 4-1 Using Coefficient Alpha to Estimate Split-Half Reliability When the Variances for the Two Halves of the Test Are Unequal 127
Appendix 4-2 The Calculation of Reliability Using KR[subscript 20] 127
InfoTrac College Edition Exercise 129
Web Activity 129
Chapter 5 Validity 130
Defining Validity 132
Aspects of Validity 132
Summary 151
InfoTrac College Edition Exercise 152
Web Activity 152
Chapter 6 Writing and Evaluating Test Items 153
Item Writing 154
Item Analysis 163
Summary 175
InfoTrac College Edition Exercise 176
Web Activity 177
Chapter 7 Selection and Decision Analysis 178
The Test Manual 179
Base Rates and Hit Rates 181
Locating Information About Published Tests 194
Summary 196
InfoTrac College Edition Exercise 197
Web Activity 197
Chapter 8 Test Administration 198
The Examiner and the Subject 199
Behavioral Assessment Methodology 210
Summary 214
InfoTrac College Edition Exercise 214
Web Activity 215
Part II Applications 217
The Issue of Test Use 219
Concepts and Distinctions 221
Summary 222
Chapter 9 Interviewing Techniques 223
The Interview as a Test 227
Reciprocal Nature of Interviewing 228
Principles of Effective Interviewing 229
Types of Interviews 238
Developing Interviewing Skills 247
Sources of Error in the Interview 247
Summary 250
InfoTrac College Edition Exercise 252
Web Activity 252
Chapter 10 Theories of Intelligence and the Binet Scale 253
The Problem of Defining Intelligence 254
Binet's Principles of Test Construction 256
Spearman's Model of General Mental Ability 257
The Early Binet Scales 259
Terman's Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale 262
The Modern Binet Scale 266
Summary 275
InfoTrac College Edition Exercise 276
Web Activity 276
Chapter 11 The Wechsler Intelligence Scales 278
The Wechsler Intelligence Scales 280
Scales, Subtests, and Indexes of the WAIS-III 282
Interpretive Features of the Wechsler Tests 291
Psychometric Properties of the Wechsler Adult Scales 295
Evaluation of the Wechsler Adult Scales 296
Downward Extensions of the WAIS-III: the WISC-III and WPPSI-R 297
Summary 304
InfoTrac College Edition Exercise 306
Web Activity 306
Chapter 12 Other Individual Tests of Ability 307
Alternative Individual Ability Tests Compared with the Binet and Wechsler Scales 308
Alternatives Compared with One Another 310
Specific Individual Ability Tests 310
Individual Tests of Ability for Specific Purposes 327
Summary 334
InfoTrac College Edition Exercise 335
Web Activity 335
Chapter 13 Group Ability Tests: Intelligence, Achievement, and Aptitude 337
Comparison of Group and Individual Ability Tests 338
Overview of Group Tests 341
Group Tests in the Schools: Kindergarten Through 12th Grade 343
College Entrance Tests 349
Graduate and Professional School Entrance Tests 354
Nonverbal Group Ability Tests 362
Group Tests for Specific Purposes 366
Summary 369
InfoTrac College Edition Exercise 370
Web Activity 370
Chapter 14 Tests for Choosing Careers 372
Measuring Interests 374
Measuring Personal Characteristics for Job Placement 389
Measuring Characteristics of the Work Setting 393
Job Analysis 397
Measuring the Person-Situation Interaction 399
Summary 402
InfoTrac College Edition Exercise 403
Web Activity 403
Chapter 15 Structured Personality Tests 404
Strategies of Structured Personality-Test Construction 406
The Logical-Content Strategy 410
The Criterion-Group Strategy 411
The Factor Analytic Strategy 424
The Theoretical Strategy 428
Combination Strategies 435
Summary 439
InfoTrac College Edition Exercise 440
Web Activity 440
Chapter 16 Projective Personality Tests 442
The Projective Hypothesis 444
The Rorschach Inkblot Test 445
An Alternative Inkblot Test: The Holtzman 458
The Thematic Apperception Test 458
Alternative Apperception Procedures 464
Nonpictorial Projective Procedures 464
Summary 467
InfoTrac College Edition Exercise 468
Web Activity 468
Chapter 17 Cognitive-Behavioral Assessment 470
Cognitive-Behavioral Assessment Procedures 472
Psychophysiological Procedures 484
Computers and Psychological Testing 486
Summary 490
InfoTrac College Edition Exercise 491
Web Activity 491
Chapter 18 Testing in Health Psychology and Health Care 493
Neuropsychological Assessment 494
Anxiety and Stress Assessment 510
Quality of Life Assessment 519
Summary 523
Info Trac College Edition Exercise 524
Web Activity 525
Part III Issues 527
Chapter 19 Test Bias 529
Why Is Test Bias Controversial? 530
Test Fairness and the Law 531
The Traditional Defense of Testing 534
Other Approaches to Testing Minority Group Members 541
Suggestions for Solutions 550
Changing the Social Environment 557
Summary 560
Info Trac College Edition Exercise 562
Web Activity 562
Chapter 20 Testing and the Law 563
Laws Governing the Use of Tests 565
Major Lawsuits That Have Affected Psychological Testing 576
Summary 597
Web Activity 598
Chapter 21 The Future of Psychological Testing 599
Issues Shaping the Field of Testing 600
Current Trends 611
Future Trends 614
Summary 619
InfoTrac College Edition Exercise 619
Web Activity 619
Appendix 1 Areas of a Standard Normal Distribution 621
Appendix 2 Publishers of Major Tests 624
Appendix 3 Critical Values of r for [alpha] = .05 and [alpha] = .01 (Two-Tailed Test) 627
Appendix 4 Critical Values of t 628
Appendix 5 Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education 630
Glossary 635
References 641
Author Index 687
Subject Index 695
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