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An Introduction to Psychological Assessment and Psychometrics

An Introduction to Psychological Assessment and Psychometrics

Second Edition
  • Keith Coaley - Chartered Occupational and Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice

April 2014 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In An Introduction to Psychological Assessment and Psychometrics, Keith Coaley outlines 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.

New to the Second Edition:
  • Includes occupational and educational settings
  • Covers ethical and professional issues with a strong practical focus
  • Case study material related to work selection settings 
  • End of chapter self-assessments to facilitate students’ progress
  • Compliant with the latest BPS Certificate of Testing curriculum

Chapter 1: Introduction: Individual Differences and Psychometrics
PART I: The Essential Tools of Psychological Measurement
Chapter 2: The Basic Components: Scales and Items
Chapter 3: How Assessment Measures are Made
Chapter 4: Statistics for Psychological Measurement
PART II: The Essential Characteristics of Psychological Measurement
Chapter 5: The Importance of Reliability
Chapter 6: The Significance of Validity
PART III: Theories and Applications of Measurement Techniques
Chapter 7: Theories and Measurement of Intellectual Ability
Chapter 8: Theories and Measurement of Personality Characteristics
Chapter 9: Alternative Perspectives: Theories and Measurement
PART IV: Ethical and Professional Issues
Chapter 10: Best Practice in Measurement
PART V: Practical Skills for Measurement of Individual Differences
Chapter 11: How to Make a Test or Questionnaire

'Once again, Coaley provides an accessible and indispensable guide to psychological assessments for students and staff. Coaley’s applied expertise in psychological assessment means that the student not only benefits from a thorough explanation of the theoretical underpinnings of psychological assessments, but also have the benefit of practical explanations of the theory. Through this text, students will gain an understanding not only of how to “do” psychological assessment, but also critical issues such as fairness and ethical testing of tests, reliability and validity and also how vital testing can be in applied settings.'

Debbie Stevens-Gill
University of Wolverhampton

'This revised edition of An Introduction to Psychological Assessment and Psychometrics is timely as it addresses current issues in relation to the European Federation of Psychological Associations (EFPA) and changes to the British Psychological Society (BPS) standards for competence in test use, making it an ideal text to support training and learning. There is also important recognition of recent theory and methodological development and changes in legal requirements. The author’s style of writing is friendly and fluid, neither patronising nor overly complex, presenting clear and unthreatening explanations and examples of all the key materials required to become a competent psychometric test user. Thought provoking key questions at the end of each chapter help to consolidate the learning and identify areas that require more attention.'

Dr Caroline Limbert, Programme Director and Senior Lecturer
Cardiff Metropolitan University

Good balance between the discussion of the technical contents with the practical issues raised in the day to day professional practice. Good scientific knowledge allied with practical applicability.

Dr florbela Teixeira Soares
Department of Psychology and Counselling, Newman University
October 20, 2020

Appropriate level for my course. Now having used it for 9 weeks, I am not sure I will re-adopt. The personality chapters are out of date, and I wish the text had ancillary materials.

Professor Katherine S. Corker
Psychology Dept, Grand Valley St Univ-Allendale
September 19, 2016

This is an essential book for Psychology students. It provides an clear vision and implications of validity and reliability concepts, determinant issues for psychological research and assessment.

Professor Paulo Dias
Faculty of Philosophy , Catholic Portugese University
May 20, 2015

A clear and useful guide for students undertaking quantitive and qualititative research

Ms Dianne Hancock
School of Live Arts, Doncaster University Centre
March 23, 2015

This well-structured and clear book offers jargon-free explanations of psychometric testing and test design which would be useful for students, both in understanding psychometric principles and in designing their own research materials.

Mrs Jane Warren
School of Education, Southampton University
January 15, 2015

a useful text to introduce specialist teachers to psychological assessment.

Ms Jan Seabourne
Education and Training , Dyslexia Action
January 6, 2015

Very helpful for students

Dr Koen Kooy
International Business and Management, Hogeschool Rotterdam
December 11, 2014

The reward of reading this book is that the author transmits the huge diversity and application of psychological assessment and psychometrics. In an ever increasingly competitive job market this is an excellent publication enabling the reader to understand selection and recruitment.

Mr Matt Kirby
Performance, University College Falmouth
December 10, 2014