This accessible book outlines the key ingredients of psychological assessment and provides case studies to illustrate their application, making this an ideal textbook for courses on psychometrics or psychological assessment. The book covers the nature of assessment, basic components, how tests are made, underlying statistics, reliability and validity, assessment of intelligence, abilities and personality, non-psychometric approaches, as well as ethical and professional issues and modern developments. A final chapter explains how readers can construct their own tests. Wide-ranging case studies demonstrate the variety of contexts in which assessment is conducted. The author’s clarity of writing and use of practical examples throughout helps students apply these methods in practice with confidence as part of their studies on an array of courses.

The Assessment and Measurement of Personality

The assessment and measurement of personality

Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between subjective and scientific views of personality, as well as between situational and dispositional approaches.
  • Describe how psychologists have sought to define personality and how it is distinguished from other attributes, such as attitudes, interests, values and motivation.
  • Describe and evaluate differing theoretical approaches to understanding human personality and how these link with assessment.
  • Evaluate critically the use of personality questionnaires, the issues involved and their limitations.

What is This Chapter about?

Whatever you call it, it's about power and money. It has been known by a number of aliases such as nature, temperament, disposition, character and even charisma. Here we call it personality. Knowing about it ...

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