Psychology 636

PSYC 636: Child Personality Assessment

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in psychology; a “B” or better in a course of individual intelligence testing, a graduate course in psychopathology (may be taken concurrently), or permission of the instructor.

Credit Hours: (3)

Intended for school and clinical psychology graduate students. The course includes supervised administration, scoring and interpretation of individual projective and objective personality tests; and supervised interviewing experience with children and parents. Students administer, score and interpret several personality tests and are expected to achieve proficiency in writing comprehensive psychological reports.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. History of Personality Assessment
2. Concepts and Definitions
3. Projective Approaches, Draw-a-person, Kinetic Family Drawing, etc.
4. Empirical Approaches (Achenbach Child Behavior Checklist, Personality Inventory for Children, Bender-Gestalt, etc.)
5. Psychological Report Writing
6. Behavioral and Psychosituational Assessment
7. Interviewing Techniques
8. Psychometric considerations: Reliability, Validity, Norms, Standardization
9. Assessment Technology: Clinical vs. Actuarial Prediction, Base Rates, Factors Affecting Clinical Accuracy, Process of Clinical Judgment, Etc.
10. Criticisms: Improper Usage, Ethical and Legal Concerns
11. Multicultural Considerations


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course involves didactic instruction and supervised experience. A class discussion format is also used.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. To learn the basic theory of personality assessment
2. Students are expected to be able to administer, score, interpret and report the widely used psychological assessment instruments.
3. To develop skills in applied personality assessment with children.


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments include in-class tests, psychological test administration and reports, a final examination, and class preparation and participation.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

March 1999 Revised