Psychometric Testing - Critical Perspectives
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Psychometric Testing offers an in-depth examination of the strengths and limitations psychometric testing, with coverage of diverse methods of test development and application.

  • A state-of-the-art exploration of the contemporary field of psychometric testing, bringing together the latest theory and evidence-based practice from 21 global experts
  • Explores a variety of topics related to the field, including test construction, use and applications in human resources and training, assessment and verification of training courses, and consulting
  • Includes applications for clinical psychology, performance psychology, and sport and exercise psychology across a range of professions (research, teaching, coaching, consulting, and advising)
  • Acknowledges the dynamic nature of the field and identifies future directions in need of more research, including Internet and smart phone testing


Barry Cripps is a Chartered Psychologist, a Registered Psychologist and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). With his consultancy, Cripps Performance Psychology, he specializes in supporting people and teams to enhance their performance in a variety of sectors including the performing arts, industry, the public sector, education, and sport. He received the 2008 Distinguished Contribution to the Field Award from the BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology. He is co-author of Psychological Assessment in the Workplace: A Managers Guide (Wiley, 2005) and the Psychometric Testing Pocketbook (2008). He has lectured at the Open University, the University of Plymouth, Exeter University, and the University of Commerce, China.


About the Editor ix

About the Authors xi

Foreword xvii
John Rust

Preface xix
Barry Cripps

Acknowledgements xxi

Part I History, Theory and Utility 1

Chapter 1 The History of Psychometrics 3
Craig Knight

Chapter 2 Ride the Horse Around the Course: Triangulating Nomothetic and Idiographic Approaches to Personality Assessment 15
Barry Cripps

Chapter 3 A Very Good Question? 29
Peter Saville and Rab McIver

Chapter 4 Big Data and Predictive Analytics: Opportunity or Threat to the Future of Tests and Testing 43
Eugene Burke

Chapter 5 The Practical Application of Test User Knowledge and Skills 65
Gerry Duggan

Chapter 6 The Utility of Psychometric Tests for Small Organisations 77
Paul Barrett

Part II Applications and Contexts 85

Chapter 7 HR Applications of Psychometrics 87
Rob Bailey

Chapter 8 Defining and Assessing Leadership Talent: A Multi-layered Approach 113
Caroline Curtis

Chapter 9 Psychometrics: The Evaluation and Development of Team Performance 129
Stephen Benton

Chapter 10 Psychometrics in Sport: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 145
Dave Collins and Andrew Cruickshank

Chapter 11 Using Psychometrics to Make Management Selection Decisions: A Practitioner Journey 157
Hugh McCredie

Chapter 12 Psychometrics in Clinical Settings 175
Hamilton Fairfax

Part III Best-Practice Considerations 185

Chapter 13 The Use and Misuse of Psychometrics in Clinical Settings 187
Susan van Scoyoc

Chapter 14 Measuring the Dark Side 197
Adrian Furnham

Chapter 15 Projective Measures and Occupational Assessment 213
Christopher Ridgeway

Chapter 16 Testing across Cultures: Translation, Adaptation and Indigenous Test Development 221
Lina Daouk-Öyry and Pia Zeinoun

Chapter 17 Personality Testing in the Workplace: Can Internet Business Disruption Erode the Influence of Psychology Ethics? 235
Earon Kavanagh

Chapter 18 A Practitioner's Viewpoint: Limitations and Assumptions Implicit in Assessment 251
Jay Roseveare

Chapter 19 When Profit Comes In the Door, Does Science Go Out the Window? 263
Robert Forde

Part IV Psychometrics and the Future 267

Chapter 20 The Future of Psychometric Testing 269
Robert McHenry