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Clinical Personality Assessment: History, Evolution, Contemporary Models, and Practical Applications

James N. Butcher

in Oxford Handbook of Personality Assessment

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195366877
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195366877.013.0001

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Clinical Personality Assessment: History, Evolution, Contemporary Models, and Practical Applications

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This book provides a comprehensive view of the field of personality assessment from its historical roots to the major, methodological issues defining the field and that have led to numerous approaches and applications, and to the broad range of assessment techniques available today. One can find throughout history an awareness of the importance of evaluating personality and character using observation and other means of acquiring information on which to make such decisions. The modern era for personality assessment began in late-nineteenth-century England with the work of Sir Francis Galton. The first self-report personality inventory used to obtain personality information was developed by Robert Woodworth during World War I. Numerous personality inventories were developed in the years that followed, including the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). Paralleling the work on personality inventories was the development of projective assessment instruments such as the Thematic Apperception Test. These instruments came to be the most widely used assessment instruments during the expansion of applied psychology after World War II and are still the predominant tests in use today.

Keywords: MMPI; personality assessment; personality inventories; Thematic Apperception Test; applied psychology; personality; character

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Subjects: Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing ; History and Systems in Psychology

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