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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book describes the Millon personality inventories, among the most widely used instruments in psychology today. It covers both the older and newer inventories and shows how they are applied in clinical settings. The first edition was published 10 years ago.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide "the most current, authoritative overview of these instruments — and highlighting their role in individualized, evidence-based treatment planning and intervention — this volume is an essential resource for practitioners working in diverse settings."
Audience: The intended audience includes clinical psychologists, social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, and other practitioners, as well as researchers and students interested in personality disorders and clinical assessment and personality and social psychologists. Theodore Millon is Dean and Scientific Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Personology and Psychopathology and Caryl Bloom is a senior consultant for the institute. The contributors represent an international authorship from the United States, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Belgium.
Features: An introduction to the philosophy underlying personalized assessment begins the book. The authors define personalized assessment as "an explicit commitment to focus on the unique composite of a patient's psychological makeup." The book continues with a thorough look at the MCMI (Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory). Later, other Millon clinical inventories are discussed including the MBMD (Millon Behavioral Medicine Diagnostic) and MACI (Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory). The book is very readable and contains helpful tables as well as excellent case studies that demonstrate how computerized test results from the Millon inventories can be used very pragmatically. Particularly interesting are chapters 7 and 8, which compare the MCMI with the Rorschach Comprehensive System and the MMPI. I especially appreciate the authors' attempt to individualize test results "guided by the psychic makeup of a patient's personality, rather than by a preferred theory, modality, or technique." The book has both an author and subject index.
Assessment: This is an excellent book for those interested in the Millon inventories. First and foremost, one of the editors is Theodore Millon, one of the most prolific writers in the area of personality assessment. The book contains many applications of the Millon inventories, including the most famous one, the MCMI. The authors emphasize personalizing the test findings, which is one of the greatest tasks for the psychometrician. This edition updates the material and includes new chapters, justifying the replacement of the first edition. Readers will not be disappointed.