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The Revised NEO Personality Inventory: Clinical and Research Applications (The Springer Series in Social Clinical Psychology) [Hardcover]

Ralph L. Piedmont

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31 Oct 1998 0306459434 978-0306459436 1999
The assessment of individual differences has a long history. As early as 2200 B.C. the Chinese were employing methods to select candidates for civil service positions. Over the ensuing centuries philosophers, theologians, and the nobility all noticed and debated the role of "character" in shaping the destiny and quality of individual lives. This interest spawned widely different methods of evaluating the timbre of temperament-bumps on the head, lines on the hand, shape of the body-all of which were em­ ployed in attempts to gain insight into basic human motives. The emer­ gence of the scientific method and its application to this endeavor reinvigorated society's efforts in this direction, and an abundant variety of assessment instruments consequently became available. The outbreak of World War I created a need for the efficient assess­ ment of individual differences in large groups. Such instruments as the Woodworth Personal Data Sheet and the Army Alpha Test resulted in gen­ uine breakthroughs in assessment technology. These tests provided stan­ dardized sets of items that permitted quantitative comparisons among people. Over the years, numerous scales have been developed which have been based on widely differing levels of psychometric sophistication.

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A practical handbook for clinicians from all disciplines.
The intention of this volume is to provide the reader with a basic competency in applying and interpreting the Revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEO PI-R) in both a clinical and research context. The NEO PI-R is rapidly becoming one of the most frequently used assessment instruments in the field of personality assessment. One of the reasons for this is that it is the only commercially available measure designed to operationalize the constructs of the five-factor model of personality (FFM), a comprehensive individual-differences taxonomy. This book is aimed at clinicians and graduate students and provides a thorough overview of where the FFM has come from and the value of its applications in clinical, applied, and cross-cultural contexts. Numerous interpretive examples are presented employing both clinical and nonclinical cases. There is also a chapter on using the rater version of the instrument in clinical work with couples. Finally, for those with research interests, there is a chapter which outlines how to employ the NEO PI-R to its fullest advantage in a number of contexts, with a special eye towards conducting program evaluations that address issues raised by managed care and third-party providers. Computer programs and questionnaires are provided as guidelines for doing this type of work. I have tried to make this volume reader-friendly by presenting the material in an engaging and readable manner. I hope it will become an indispensible desk-top reference for psychologists, counselors, psychiatric nurses, social workers, and pastoral counselors.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Your 1 Stop Shop for Learning about the NEO PI-R 9 Jan 2009
By Mr. Magic - Published on Amazon.com
This book provides a great overview of the NEO PI-R, from its conceptual roots, to its current form, to interpretive execises, to research applications. Although the book was originally published in 1998, the material in it is still relevant an timely. Numerous case histories are provided that will allow readers to practice and hone their interpretive skills. One aspect of this book that is the most interesting concerns using the observer rating version of the NEO. Few personality inventories have a validated observer version. Dr. Piedmont provides information on performing cross-observer analyses (COA) with couples. This involves collecting self reports from each member of a couple as well as their ratings of each other. COA involves comparing an individual's self ratings with ratings from their partners. Discrepancies between these two ratings have important implications for the relationship. There are really no developed discussions on how to use self and observer data, this book is almost unique in this way. Finally, the author provides guidelines for using the NEO in a research context. He provides SPSS programs that help individuals analyze NEO PI-R data in useful ways (e.g., for conducting procrustean factor rotations). This book is an excellent resource for researchers, clinicians, and students interested in personality assessment with the Big 5 personality domains. It is "must" reading for anyone interested in serious assessment!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ralph...what did your mother do to you? 14 Jan 2008
By Dr. Love - Published on Amazon.com
As someone in the field of psychology, I expected much more from this book. The most valuable part of the book was the facet descriptions of each of the five domains, which were copied and pasted from Costa & McCrae's original NEO Personality Inventory manual written six years earlier. I do not think that Piedmont contributed anything unique, interesting, or useful to this book. I would have much rather preferred a bound copy of all of Paul Costa's and Robert McCrae's published articles on the NEO Personality Inventory; it would cost less, be better written, and provide a lot more information.
Ralph, you should be ashamed.
-Texas Psychology
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