Personality Assessment Methods and Practices
(3rd ed.) is a comprehen-
sive introduction to the measurement and assessment of personality. The
text is divided into five parts, consisting of one to four chapters each. The
four chapters in Part I provide an overview of the foundations of person-
ality assessment, including history, theories, and psychometric methods.
The construction and administration of personality assessment instru-
ments, as well as the interpretation and reporting of findings, are also
described in Part I.
The two chapters in Part II are concerned with basic principles of
behavioral observation, interviewing, and rating. Personality invento-
ries, including rational-theoretical, factor-analytic, and criterion-keyed
inventories, are considered in detail in the first two chapters of Part III.
Inventories for measuring interests, values, and personal orientations,
which are also characteristics of personality, are surveyed in the third
chapter of Part III. The three chapters in Part IV are concerned with
projective methods, including association, completion, and drawing
techniques, as well as inkblot and picture-story methods.
Physiological, perceptual, and cognitive measures of personality are
considered in the first section of Chapter 13, the only chapter in Part V
and the last chapter in the book. The second section of this chapter deals
with selected areas of application of personality assessment instruments