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  • Principles and practice of psychological assessment, The 2/e
  • Moerdyk A
  • ISBN: 9780627032707
  • eISBN: 9780627032967
  • ePub ISBN: 9780627035791
  • 390 Pages | Published: 2014

Summary Assessment is an important part of any psychologist's role and the outcome can have consequences, positive and negative, for the person being assessed. The principles and practice of psychological assessment is a guide to drawing up, administering and interpreting assessment procedures, and judging whether the techniques used are theoretically and procedurally sound. It also takes a special look at assessment from an organisational perspective, because although many of the technical and scientific issues with respect to psychological assessment are common to all areas of applied psychology, there are numerous issues and applications that are unique to the organisational context.

The principles and practice of psychological assessment is more of a "how to" than a critical text, but includes some background information and in-depth theorising for more problematic issues. A glossary of terms and a unique cognitive map of psychological tests are provided.

Changes in this second edition include two new chapters, one on Assessing integrity (which previously formed part of the chapter on personality) and a new chapter on Assessment in cross-cultural contexts, where the theoretical and practical problems associated with assessing people in their non-native language are described and ways of addressing these are put forward. Throughout the text, references and examples have been updated and issues raised in recent texts have been addressed.

Contents include the following:

  • Properties of a good measuring technique
  • Ways of categorising the observation process
  • Techniques used in measurement
  • Errors inherent in the assessment process
  • Combining and interpreting results
  • Fairness, bias and discrimination
  • Assessing cross-culturally
  • Designing and locating appropriate assessment centre exercises
  • Assessing integrity

The principles and practice of psychological assessment is aimed at undergraduate and honours students of psychology and industrial psychology, as well as at practitioners.

SECTION 1 Basic theory of assessment
Chapter 1 Introduction to why and how we assess
Chapter 2 Observation
Chapter 3 Developing a psychological measure

SECTION 2 Introduction to psychometric theory
Chapter 4 Reliability
Chapter 5 Validity
Chapter 6 Combining and interpreting assessment results
Chapter 7 Fairness in assessment
Chapter 8 Assessing in a multicultural context
Chapter 9 Managing the assessment process

SECTION 3 Domains of assessment
Chapter 10 Assessing intelligence and ability
Chapter 11 The assessment of personality
Chapter 12 Assessing competence
Chapter 13 Assessing integrity and honesty in the workplace

SECTION 4 Assessment in the organisational context
Chapter 14 Assessment in organisations
Chapter 15 Assessment for career counselling
Chapter 16 Interviewing
Chapter 17 Assessment centres

SECTION 5 The future of assessment in organisations
Chapter 18 New developments in assessment

Appendices
Appendix 1 Some tests and measures of maximum and typical performance
Appendix 2 Calculating correlations
Glossary of terms

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