Publisher description for Paradigms of personality assessment / Jerry S. Wiggins ; in collaboration with Rebecca S. Behrends ... [et al.] and Krista K. Trobst.


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From distinguished scholar and teacher Jerry S. Wiggins, this authoritative text offers a uniquely integrative introduction to adult personality assessment. Part I identifies five major assessment paradigms--psychodynamic, interpersonal, personological, multivariate, and empirical. Examined are the history of each paradigm, key figures in its development, and the current status of favored instruments and approaches. In Part II, leading representatives of each paradigm are invited to interpret extensive test and interview data collected from a single subject. The resulting "collaborative case study" facilitates comparison of techniques, theories, and interpretations illuminates the unique contributions of each paradigm and suggests areas of common ground and potential integration. Special features include numerous clearly presented timelines and charts.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Personality assessment