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Psychological Testing (POD) : Principles, Applications, and Issues (POD)

Author(s): Robert M. Kaplan | Dennis P. Saccuzzo

ISBN: 9789353502188

Edition: 9th

© Year : 2018


Binding: Paperback

Pages: 736

Trim Size : 241 x 181 mm

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PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING: PRINCIPLES, APPLICATIONS, AND ISSUES, Ninth Edition explains the fundamentals of psychological testing, their important applications, and the controversies that emerge from those applications in clinical, education, industrial, medical, and legal settings. Kaplan and Saccuzzo's engaging and thorough text demonstrates how psychological tests are constructed and used, both in a professional setting and in everyday lives. It explains core concepts that affect the evaluation of all tests, major types of psychological tests, and current issues affecting testing such as stereotype threat, bias, laws, and ethics. Chapters are independent enough to allow instructors to structure their class to achieve course objectives. Test profiles and sample items illustrate how psychological testing is used and reported. Case studies demonstrate the uses and misuses of psychological testing, while technical examples assist students in grasping complex statistical concepts.

  • In addition to offering a clear overview of psychological testing and measurement basics, the text presents psychological testing applications in a variety of applied fields.
  • The authors provide a current analysis of the most widely used psychological tests in schools, professional training programs, businesses, industry, civil service, the military, and clinical settings, helping students understand how these tests can make a difference in their careers.
  • Chapters on issues in psychological testing feature new developments in present-day social justice, law, and ethics.
  • Chapters are independent from each other, allowing professors to structure their class to meet their own course objectives.
  • The text features test profiles and sample items to help students see how psychological testing is used and reported, in addition to offering real-life case studies that demonstrate the uses and misuses of testing in today's society.
  • Informal discussions and real-life examples maximize student interest and make the material personally relevant.
  • Among other significant updates, the ninth edition addresses the important questions associated with stereotype threat in the completion of psychological tests and includes more detailed discussions of bias in the use of tests.
  • Expanded coverage clarifies the use of measurement strategies in a variety of applied fields such as law and medicine.
  • The first sections of the ninth edition recognize the importance of new approaches to measurement that use "big data" and automated data collection.


1. Introduction.

2. Norms and Basic Statistics for Testing.

3. Correlation and Regression.

4. Reliability.

5. Validity.

6. Writing and Evaluating Test Items.

7. Test Administration.


8. Interviewing Techniques.

9. Theories of Intelligence and the Binet Scales.

10. The Wechsler Intelligence Scales: WAIS-IV, WISC-IV, and WPPSI-III.

11. Testing in Education: Tests of Ability in Education and Special Education.

12. Standardized Tests in Education, Civil Service, and the Military.

13. Applications in Clinical and Counseling Settings.

14. Projective Personality Tests.

15. Computers and Basic Psychological Science in Testing.

16. Testing in Counseling Psychology.

17. Testing in Health Psychology and Health Care.

18. Testing in Industrial and Business Settings.


19. Test Bias.

20. Testing and the Law.

21. The Future of Psychological Testing.

Robert M. Kaplan, University of California, San Diego

Robert M. Kaplan is a visiting professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, where he works with the Clinical Excellence Research Center and the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He is also Regenstrief Distinguished Fellow at the Purdue University. He was the Chief Science Officer in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) from 2014-2016. Dr. Kaplan served as the National Institutes of Health Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences and Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR). Previously, he was a Distinguished Professor of Health Services and department Chair at UCLA, Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego. He is a past president of several organizations, including the American Psychological Association Division of Health Psychology and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. Dr. Kaplan is a former Editor-in-Chief of Health Psychology and the Annals of Behavioral Medicine and author, co-author, or editor of more than 20 books and over 500 articles or chapters. His work has been cited in nearly 30,000 papers; the ISI recognizes him as one of the most cited authors in his field. In 2005 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences (now the National Academy of Medicine). Dr. Kaplan has received numerous honors, most recently American Sociological Association Policy Scientist of the Year (2012), and a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association.


Dennis P. Saccuzzo, San Diego State University

Dennis P. Saccuzzo is an Emeritus professor of psychology at San Diego State University. He has been a scholar and practitioner of psychological testing for over 40 years and has numerous peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations in the field. Dr. Saccuzzo's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Mental Health, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Education, the Scottish Rite Foundation, and the U.S. armed services. He is also a California licensed psychologist and a California licensed attorney. He is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). In addition, he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Assessment Psychology (ABAP) and the American Board of Forensic Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, and Western Psychological Association for outstanding and unusual contributions to the field of psychology. Dr. Saccuzzo is the author or co-author of over 300 peer-reviewed papers and publications, including eight textbooks and 20 law manuals. He is the president and co-founder of Applications of Psychology to Law, Inc., an educational institution that applies psychological science to legal issues and the study of law.