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February 1969

Advances in Psychological Assessment.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;20(2):246. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740140118015

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In some respects this volume conforms to the genre of a loosely edited collection of papers clustered around an appealing topic. It lacks a systematic organization of subtopics and includes a few chapters departing greatly in scope and intent from the general level. (One chapter is an eulogistic history of the development of the Strong Vocational Interest Blank; another presents the perhaps 300th attempt to provide new scales for the MMPI.) However, for the most part, editor Paul McReynolds has succeeded in obtaining a group of exciting summaries of areas "where the action is." Assessment is broadly conceived as an important aspect of the mainstream of psychological research This is a collection for the working social scientist interested in the development or critical selection of methods for assessing differences among the objects of his concern: individuals, dyads, or larger social networks. Most papers focus strongly on crucial

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