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Psychological Testing in Everyday Life

Psychological Testing in Everyday Life
History, Science, and Practice

March 2018 | 128 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Psychological Testing in Everyday Life explores how psychological testing is used in real-life settings to make the study of psychometrics interesting, relevant, and highly accessible. Author Karen B. Goldfinger examines a broad range of carefully selected topics to capture student interest, encourage critical thinking, and spark class discussions. Organized in the form of an applied casebook, each chapter presents the complex issues that arise when using psychological tests in a variety of settings, providing an in-depth view of psychological testing practices, historically and in the present. This unique text will support students in becoming thoughtful, informed consumers and providers of psychological assessment.

About the Author
Chapter 1: Introduction
Psychological Testing in Everyday Life  
What Is a Psychological Test?  
Categorizing Psychological Tests  
The Science, History, and Practice of Psychological Testing
A Personal Note  
Chapter 2: The Science of Psychological Testing: Fundamental Concepts
Chapter 3: Psychological Testing in Education: Comparing Student Outcomes Across Nations With the PISA and the TIMSS
Psychological Tests in Education  
International Comparisons of Educational Achievement: History and Goals  
International Tests of Academic Skills: The PISA and the TIMSS  
PISA versus TIMSS  
Stan’s Experience with the PISA
Chapter 4: Psychological Testing in Applied Research
Applied Psychological Research: History and Goals  
The MAP-DB, A Tool to Measure Temper Tantrums  
Homesickness Research  
Jason’s Experience as a Research Subject  
Chapter 5 • Psychological Testing in Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment
Assessment and Treatment of Mental Health Problems  
The Role of Psychological Testing in the Mental Health Setting  
Psychological Tests Used in Mental Health Settings: A History  
Issues and Controversies  
Best Practices in Psychological Assessment in Mental Health Settings  
Outcomes Assessment  
Therapeutic Assessment  
Evaluating Derrick for ADHD: A Brief Case Example  
Chapter 6: Psychological Testing in Medicine: Psychological Evaluation Prior to Bariatric Surgery
Psychological Testing in Medicine  
The Problem of Obesity  
Bariatric Surgery: History and Purpose  
The Goals of Presurgical Psychological Evaluation  
Selecting and Administering Psychological Tests to Prospective Bariatric Surgery Patients  
Psychometric Issues  
Joanne’s Experience with Psychological Testing Prior to Bariatric Surgery  
Chapter 7: Psychological Testing in the Legal Arena: Child Custody in High Conflict Divorce
Psychological Testing in Child Custody Disputes: Mr. and Mrs. Kelly  
A Brief History of Child Custody Evaluation  
The Forensic Nature of Child Custody Evaluations  
The Process of Child Custody Evaluations  
Psychological Tests Used in Custody Evaluation  
How Do Psychological Tests Contribute to Dr. Lissette’s Opinion About What Is in the Best Interest of the Kelly Children?  
Chapter 8: Psychological Testing in Determining Disability: Intellectual Disability and the Death Penalty
Intellectual Disability and Capital Punishment: A Brief History  
Why Does the Death Penalty Violate the Eighth Amendment for Defendants With Intellectual Disabilities?  
Defining Intellectual Disability  
Labeling and Describing Intellectual Disabilities  
Diagnosing Intellectual Disability: IQ Testing  
Measurement Error  
Flynn Effect  
Practice Effects  
Diagnosing Intellectual Disability: Assessment of Adaptive Functioning  
Is Randi Intellectually Disabled? A Brief Case Study  
Chapter 9: Psychological Testing in the Workplace: Selecting Police Officers
The Relevance of Psychological Testing to Police Work  
Psychological Tests and the Selection of Police Officers: An Introduction  
Legal Considerations  
Ethical Considerations  
Current Practices  
Choosing Psychological Tests for Selecting Police Officers  
Interpretation and Communication of Test Results  
Elinore and Elena: Different Test Results Lead to Different Outcomes
Chapter 10: Conclusion
The Importance of Psychometrics  
The Challenges in Developing Good Tests  
Controversies About Psychological Testing  
The Past and Future of Psychological Testing  
Key Takeaways  

An engaging, real-world application of complex issues and concepts pertinent to psychological tests and measures. Psychological Testing in Everyday Life would be a nice supplemental text to a standard psychological testing book.

Anne-Marie R. Iselin
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Key features
  • A narrative writing style enhances accessibility and keeps readers engaged.   
  • Chapters begin and end with relatable examples to make the material more memorable and easier to learn.
  • Chapter-opening learning objectives introduce students to the material and prompt them to identify the key takeaways in their reading.
  • Conclusion sections in each chapter integrate information that students can review to check their comprehension.
  • Chapter-ending discussion and research questions provide opportunities for students to further engage with the material to master chapter content.

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