An Introduction to Psychological Assessment and Psychometrics (Google eBook)

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SAGE, Dec 15, 2009 - Psychology - 312 pages
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A good understanding of the foundations of psychological assessment and measurement is central to both applied and theoretical psychology. Having many years experience as an applied psychologist, trainer and university lecturer, Keith Coaley outlines in an accessible way the key ingredients of psychological assessment, providing case studies to illustrate their application, making it an ideal textbook for courses on psychometrics or psychological assessment.

Case studies demonstrate the variety of contexts in which assessment is conducted. With their help readers will be able to prepare for professional practice using the wide variety of test materials available in the modern world. 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.

  

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Contents

Foundations of Psychological Assessment
1
The Essential Tools of Psychological Measurement
23
2 The Basic Components Scales and Items
25
3 How Assessment Measures are Made
51
4 Statistics for Psychological Measurement
72
The Essential Characteristics of Psychological Measurement
97
5 The Importance of Reliability
99
6 The Significance of Validity
128
9 Alternative Perspectives on Assessment
205
Ethical and Professional Issues
227
10 Best Practice in Assessment and Testing
229
Constructing Your Own Test or Questionnaire
253
11 How to Make Your Own Test or Questionnaire
255
A Table of Areas Under the Normal Curve
263
References
265
Author Index
283

Applications of Psychological Assessment and Measurement
145
7 Measuring Intelligence and Ability
147
8 The Assessment and Measurement of Personality
177

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About the author (2009)

Dr Keith Coaley is a chartered occupational and clinical psychologist, having many years of experience as an applied psychologist, trainer and lecturer at both HE and university levels. After a first undergraduate degree, he did a second degree in psychology with the Open University before a Masterís degree at Cardiff University and another later in forensic and legal psychology at Leicester University. He was awarded his PhD for his research in stress, health and job performance at Manchester. Having extensive experience of psychological assessment in practice, he has researched and published on topics relating to the fields of psychometrics and assessment. He has experience of work in Human Resources, in consultancy and in the National Health Service and prison settings, and has worked in the UK, Ireland, the Far East and Africa.

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