The purpose of this book is to provide a firm basis for psychologists to understand the appropriate uses and limitations of popular clinical assessment measures as they are applied to forensic issues. The instruments were selected because of their wide use and importance in both clinical and forensic settings. The PCL-R, the PAI, and MCMI-II, for example, are typically used with adults in criminal evaluations; the MMPI-A is often used in evaluating adolescents in detention and correctional facilities; while the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) (Achenbach, 1991), "Personality Inventory for Children, Second Edition" (PIC-2) (Lachar & Gruber, 2001), and Parenting Stress Index (PSI) (Abidin, 1995) are more commonly used in evaluating families involved in child protection and custody cases. Instruments such as the MMPI-2, the Rorschach, and the Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Battery are widely used across many types of forensic evaluations, although the latter category of testing is particularly related to personal injury evaluations. The authors for each chapter were selected because of their unique expertise and authority regarding the instruments addressed in this book.
Each author presents both the strengths and weaknesses of the clinical assessment instrument in the forensic domain. Each chapter specifically addresses appropriate uses, while also detailing inappropriate applications or extensions of the particular assessment instrument.
Contents: R.P. Archer, R.V. Stredny, M. Zoby, Introduction to Clinical Assessment Instruments in Forensic Settings: Uses and Limitations. M. Sellbom, Y. Ben-Porath, Forensic Applications of the MMPI-2. R.P. Archer, M. Zoby, R.V. Stredny, Forensic Applications of the MMPI-A. L.C. Morey, Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI). R.J. Craig, J. Brown, The Million Clinical Multiaxial Inventory--III: Use in Forensic Applications. R.D. Hare, A.E. Forth, R. Book, The PCL-R and Its Derivatives: Forensic Applications and Limitations. I.B. Weiner, Rorschach Technique. E. Zillmer, H.K. Green, Neuropsychological Assessment in the Forensic Setting. T. Achenbach, L. Rescorla, The Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment. D. Lachar, B. Hammer, J.H. Hammer, An Introduction to the Personality Inventory for Children (2nd Ed.) and Related Measures. R. Abidin, J. Flens, W.G. Austin, The Parenting Stress Index (PSI): Forensic Uses and Limitations.