December 1968

The Interpretation of Psychological Tests.

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By Joel Allison, PhD, Sidney J. Blatt, PhD, and Carl N. Zimit, PhD. Price, $8.75. Pp 338. Harper and Row, Publishers, Inc., 49 E 33rd St, New York 10016, 1968.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(6):759-760. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740120119017

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The purpose of this volume is to illustrate the use of psychological tests within the "ego psychological" framework of personality assessment deriving from the work of David Rapaport and Roy Schafer. The authors undertake to demonstrate principles of interpretation and integration of varied aspects of test response into a comprehensive description of personality functioning. Their approach to test administration, scoring, and interpretation is presented clearly and concisely, although without sufficient breadth of illustrative material to serve as a manual or comprehensive text. What this small volume lacks in breadth of coverage it makes up in depth. Essentially, the book is a single case study demonstrating an exquisitely detailed examination of personality from the multiple perspectives provided by the subject's responses to the standard battery of clinical psychological techniques: the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, the Thematic Apperception Test, and the Rorschach. Approximately one

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