In Psychological Testing in Everyday Life: History, Science, and Practice, Karen Goldfinger encourages critical thinking about the use of psychological tests by helping students to understand how they may interact with tests in their own lives. 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 a narrow and deep view of psychological testing practices historically and into the present. Written in a narrative style, Goldfinger's text engages readers, provokes their interest, and brings the material to life. This lively and applied approach will help reluctant students understand the importance of learning about psychological testing and engage them in critical thinking and meaningful discussion about the science and practice of psychological testing and assessment.
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
PrefaceChapter 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 NoteChapter 2: The Science of Psychological Testing: Fundamental Concepts Reliability ValidityChapter 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 vs TIMSS What Happened to Stan? ConclusionChapter 4: Psychological Testing in Applied Research Applied Psychological Research: History and Goals The MAP-DB, a Tool to Measure Temper Tantrums Homesickness Research Happiness ConclusionChapter 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 What Happened to Derrick and His Family ConclusionChapter 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 Pre-Surgical Psychological Evaluation Selecting and Administering Psychological Tests to Prospective Bariatric Surgery Patients Psychometric Issues Joanne's Experience ConclusionChapter 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. Lisette's Opinion About What Is in the Best Interest of the Kelly Children? ConclusionChapter 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 Malingering Diagnosing Intellectual Disability: Assessment of Adaptive Functioning What Happened to Randi? ConclusionChapter 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 Did Elinore Get the Job? ConclusionChapter 10: Conclusion The Importance of Psychometrics The Challenges in Developing Good Tests Controversies about Psychological Testing The Past and Future of Psychological Testing Key Take-Aways
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 31st May 2018
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15
Weight (kg): 0.23