Overview of the Book

This book provides an overview of the research related to psychological assessment across a broad range of contexts in South Africa. Written by both academics and practitioners, the volume provides a combination of psychometric theory and practical assessment applications, and draws together the disparate threads of research including the most recent developments in the field.

Existing South African texts on psychological assessment are predominantly academic textbooks that explain psychometric theory and provide brief descriptions of a few testing instruments. Psychological Assessment in South Africa provides in-depth coverage of a range of areas within the broad field of psychological assessment, including research conducted with various psychological instruments, and critically interrogates the current Eurocentric and Western cultural hegemonic practices that dominate the field of psychological assessment. The book thus creates a base of current, localised research on which to build more egalitarian practices in the future. The 36 chapters are grouped in three sections: the first examines the conceptual and practical applications of cognitive testing, the second collates recent research on, and experiences with personality and projective tests and the final section explores assessment approaches and methodologies.

The book has the potential to function both as an academic text for graduate students, and as a specialist resource for professionals, including psychologists, psychometrists, remedial teachers and human resource practitioners. As a comprehensive collation of recent research on psychological assessment in South Africa, the book will be of interest to a broad audience, locally and internationally.

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