,"Psychology is now a part of innumerable courses, throughout all levels of higher education.... Up to now, reading lists have tended to consist... of weighty, expensive and rapidly obsolescent volumes.... The Penguin science of behaviour is going to blow this whole unsatisfactory situation sky-high within a fairly short time.' (Higher Education Review)
Assessment in clinical psychology offers an introduction and a framework to some of the main issues of assessment. The problems include diagnostic assessment, evaluation of the effects of treatment, quantification of personality characteristics, determination of intellectual level, speed and persistence and their appropriateness for a particular treatment or occupation, and many others.
Two appendixes, describing and classifying many of the major tests used in clinical psychology, make the book a handy reference source.
'The author's style is clear and witty; he has no hesitation in expressing his own views forcefully and there is much in this book which ought to provoke clinical psychologists to reconsider their aims and methods.' Nature
C. E. Gathercole is Principal Psychologist at Rainhill Hospital near Liverpool.