Behavioral Observations

Martin Leichtman

in Oxford Handbook of Personality Assessment

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195366877
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Behavioral Observations

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Introductory sections of test reports devoted to “Behavioral Observations” are among the most neglected and poorly handled aspects of psychological testing. To highlight the contributions these paragraphs can make to reports and provide a framework for presenting them, this article examines ways of conceptualizing the behavior in psychological test situations to which they are devoted. It also discusses the role of behavior observations in the inference process through which psychologists can seek answers to diagnostic questions, the function these paragraphs serve in reports, the Test Situation Apperception Test (TSAT), and the value of subjectivity.

Keywords: TSAT; behavioral observations; subjectivity; test reports; inference; psychological testing

Article.  10488 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing ; Clinical Psychology

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