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Handbook of Psychological Assessment [Hardcover]

Gary Groth-Marnat
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May 4, 2009 0470083581 978-0470083581 5
The most highly acclaimed and complete reference work on psychological assessment-fully updated and expanded

Covering principles of assessment, evaluation, referral, treatment planning, and report writing, the latest edition of Gary Groth-Marnat's landmark Handbook of Psychological Assessment has been thoroughly revised and expanded. Written in a practical, skills-based manner, this classic resource offers coverage of the most widely used assessment instruments and has been updated to include new material and cover tests that are growing in popularity, such as brief assessment instruments. Handbook of Psychological Assessment also provides guidance on the most efficient methods for selecting and administering tests, how to interpret assessment data, and how to integrate test scores and develop treatment plans as well as instruction on ways in which to write effective, client-oriented, problem-solving psychological reports.

The Fifth Edition provides thorough coverage of the most commonly used assessment instruments including the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale®-Fourth Edition (WAIS®-IV), Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children®-Fourth Edition (WISC®-IV), Wechsler Memory Scale®-Fourth Edition (WMS®-IV), Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory®-2 (MMPI®-2), California Psychology InventoryTM (CPITM), Rorschach®, MillonTM Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI-IIITM), Thematic Apperception Test, Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological StatusTM (RBANS®), brief assessment instruments, clinical interviewing, and behavioral assessment.

In addition, this Fifth Edition includes:

  • Updates on the new WAIS®-IV, WISC®-IV, and WMS®-IV

  • An increased emphasis on diversity

  • A focus on screening for neuropsychological impairment, including coverage of the Repeatable

  • Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological StatusTM (RBANS®)

  • Coverage of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-Restructured Form TM

  • New information on client feedback and consultation

  • An updated chapter on psychological report writing, including new examples of psychological reports

Organized according to the sequence mental health professionals follow when conducting an assessment, Handbook of Psychological Assessment, Fifth Edition is a practical, valuable reference for professionals looking to stay current as well as for students looking for the most thorough and trusted resource covering the field of psychological assessment.

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Praise for the Fourth Edition

"In sum, this book continues to set the standard in the field and is strongly recommended as a basic reference guide for those clinicians who routinely do psychological testing." (Psychotherapy Review, 11/6/2006)


"In the 5th edition of his very helpful text, Handbook of Psychological Assessment, Groth-Marnat once again assembles information about the history, development, and latest research on the major psychological assessment instruments in current use. He also gives wise and clear advice about the general process of clinical assessment, and about how to integrate information into a useful psychological report. I was particularly fascinated with the sample reports Groth-Marnat assembled from different settings, which give a sense of the breadth of assessment practice today.
This handbook will be extremely useful to students beginning their careers in psychological assessment, and to experienced assessors who want a handy resource when needed."
Dr. Stephen Finn

"This Handbook is absolutely at the top of the “to read” list, or should be, for serious scholars of psychological measurement methods.  Already known for its attention to detail and it’s depth, this edition of the Handbook has been given greater breadth through the addition of several great features:  1) The literature has been critically updated, 2) sections for working with special populations have been added, and 3) its content is tuned to important changes in the field.  In all this, it has retained Groth-Marnat’s great clarity and devotion to being accurate and useful."
Larry E. Beutler, PhD, ABPP; Stanford University School of Medicine

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 5 edition (May 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470083581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470083581
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Book- but needs better copyediting March 7, 2010
By psygrl
This book offers an excellent overview of many aspects of psych assessment. It was very helpful in reviewing for quals- but watch out! There are several errors in this book! The specificity of a test is incorrectly explained, as is MMPI-2 TRIN interpretation. Some wierd formatting inconsistencies pop up in the Rorschach section... I don't recommend this book for 1st year grad students who are learning this material for the first time because they won't catch the errors and may learn things incorrectly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Master's Level OK December 17, 2013
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This book was required...Very dry reading....boring print....but, it got the job done! Good reference book to add your library (in case you forget what assessment is used for what purpose) and it also has the needed point scales with descriptions. This is a Master's Level Clinician book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent handbook for budding practitioners August 17, 2012
By beanie
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This text is an excellent handbook for those becoming familiar with the administration, scoring, interpretation and reporting of psychometric tests. The information included is detailed, practical, well-referenced and comprehensive. Despite this thoroughness the text is very easy to read with a conversational style. The ebook version is user-friendly and the information works well in and e-reader format.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book June 5, 2012
By tmd
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This book is a must for new clinicians who are learning about the ins and outs of psychological assessment.It was specifically elpful when it came to detailed information about psychometrics such as the MMPI-2 and the WAIS-IV. It explained how to conduct score and interpret the tests in detail. If psychological assessment is an interest or a requirement this book is a must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great beginner tex May 17, 2014
By DaniT
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I used this book as a text in an introductory graduate-level course on psychological assessment. I found it to be comprehensive (at least for the big tests taught in psychoed and personality testing) and easily accessible. The students seemed to find it useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary for writing psych assessment reports. May 14, 2014
By John P.
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I needed to update literature on writing reports. This book is already owned by my internship supervisor and I decided to get my own copy. It was listed as used, but it is in excellent condition. It also arrived in a timely manner once I ordered it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars class presentation April 1, 2014
By Evana
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Informational for research paper ois good. I got a lot of reading from the book for my assignments and reviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! February 18, 2014
By Nikki
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Used this book in my two doctoral class, and it really explains the material. Many textbooks are so dry, I can barely get through the material, but this one was somewhat interesting and easy to learn from.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good resource book
I bought this book to replace the previous edition. It is a solid and concise reference book that I keep handy in my office book case.
Published 6 months ago by Gayle
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed at the "wearability" of the text only after a few months
Great, initially until I began to use it regularly and some leaves have begun to fall out!!! I want to have this in my library even when I am practicing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JOANNE
5.0 out of 5 stars Testing techniques
Great information for beginning clinicians about specific testing! Gives historical background as well as current trends in order to compile a complete profile of assessments.
Published 9 months ago by Paula Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Handbook of Psychological Assessment
This book was required for my Projective Assessment Methods class. It was very helpful and informative. I am sure I will use it again for other assessment classes.
Published 11 months ago by Sonjia Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the book I needed...
I bought this book for a Masters level testing and assessment class. Turns out my teacher thought it was more appropriate for his PsyD students, but we were forced to read it... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Brittany
5.0 out of 5 stars Clinical Psychology Graduate Student Review
This was a required text for a course that I am glad I purchased. The chapters are extremely informative and I refer back to this text frequently.
Published 17 months ago by EMV
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful bok
Great book to help you understand psychological assessments. I used this for school and would have been lost without it.
Published 19 months ago by Karen b
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