November 1961

The Meaning and Measurement of Neuroticism and Anxiety.

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By Raymond B. Cattell and Ivan H. Scheier. Price, $12.00. Pp. 535. The Ronald Press Company, 15 E. 26th St., New York 10, 1961.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;5(5):514-516. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710170092012

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Incorporated in this book are a multitude of multivariate analyses bound together by intangible dynamic crossroads which lead to neuroses and hopefully indicate ways of escape. Also of major interest are the nature and measurement of anxiety, and the general conclusion relative to these two entities is that anxiety is one of several dimensions in neuroses. The book is both theoretical and practical. Culminating many years of research, a theory concerning the development of neurotic behavior has emerged, as well as batteries of tests designed to measure it.

Thousands of individuals ranging in age from preschool to adulthood participated as subjects in a variety of experiments which supplied the primary data. The great majority of these were mentally and emotionally normal; however, many neurotic and a lesser number of psychotic patients were included. Three types of measurements denoted as life-record (L), questionnaire (Q), and objective test (T) were utilized.

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