An authoritative volume discussing the most influential state-of-the-art behavior-based alternatives to traditional self-reports in psychological assessment
Traditional self-reports can be an unsufficiant source of information about personality, attitudes, affect, and motivation. What are the alternatives?
This first volume in the authoritative series Psychological Assessment – Science and Practice discusses the most influential, state-of-the-art forms of assessment that can take us beyond self-report. Leading scholars from various countries describe the theoretical background and psychometric properties of alternatives to self-report, including behavior-based assessment, observational methods, innovative computerized procedures, indirect assessments, projective techniques, and narrative reports. They also look at the validity and practical application of such forms of assessment in domains as diverse as health, forensic, clinical, and consumer psychology.
Praise for the Book:
“This is a long-needed, comprehensive, state-of-the-art reference text on behavioral techniques for psychological assessment going beyond self-report. Covering the theoretical basis and methodology as well as practical applications in the field, this volume is recommended for both training and practice in psychological assessment.”
Kurt Pawlik, Professor Emeritus and Former Director, Institute of Psychology, University of Hamburg, Germany; Former President, International Union of Psychological Science and International Social Science Council; Fellow, Association of Psychological Science
"This unique volume provides a comprehensive overview of many domains in behavior-based assessment, from developmental to forensic. Going beyond self-reports but avoiding biases of response style, it provides an interesting discussion of all major instruments and assessment procedures in the area.
Karl Schweizer, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
“Psychology has for too long relied on bias-prone self-reports to measure personality, attitudes, motives, and affect. This wonderful book presents a complement and alternative – behavior-based assessments, which may take more time, but also gather data on processes to which people have no conscious access. This ‘must have’ compendium presents the theoretical rationale of the methods, provides expert reviews of the huge scope of new assessment tools, and demonstrates their combined use in a range of applied fields. Overall, a unique and timely guide to better psychological assessment.”
Rainer K. Silbereisen, Research Professor, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany; Past-President, International Union of Psychological Science
“While self-report is a pillar of assessment that isn’t going away anytime soon, this volume makes a compelling case for state-of-the-art behavior-based measurement approaches to stand tall as an equal partner in the assessment enterprise. The text provides a perfect mix of time-tested approaches and new developments that are essential for any clinician.”
Carl W. Lejuez, PhD, Director, Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotion Research (CAPER) and Training Director, Clinical Psychology Training Program, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD