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Perspectives on Personality

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ISBN-10: 0205375766

ISBN-13: 9780205375769

Edition: 5th 2004

Authors: Charles Carver, Michael Scheier

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The various perspectives of the field of personality provide the organizing framework: each perspective is presented in two chapters and is introduced by a prologue that describes the assumptions and themes of the perspective. Engaging and very successful, this new edition introduces hundreds of new citations; presents the ideas logically and orderly and concludes with a unique Integration chapter that brings the various perspectives together.
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Book details

List price: $138.20
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/15/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 640
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.882
Language: English

Each chapter concludes with a summary
An Introduction
What Is Personality Psychology?
Defining Personality
Why Use Personality as a Concept?
A Working Definition
Two Fundamental Issues in Personality Psychology
Theory In Personality Psychology
What Do Theories Do? Evaluating Theories: The Role of Research
What Else Makes a Theory Good?
Perspectives on Personality
Groupings Among Theories
How Distinct Are the Perspectives?
Another Kind of ldquo;Perspective.rdquo;
Organization Within Chapters
Problems in Behavior, and Behavior Change
Methods in the Study of Personality
Gathering Information
Sources: Observe Yourself and Observe Others
Seeking Depth: Case Studies
Seeking Generality: Studies of Many People
Establishing Relationships Among Variables
Correlation Between Variables
Two Kinds of Significance
Causality and a Limitation on Inference
Search for Causality: Experimental Research
Recognizing Types of Study
What Kind of Research Is Best?
Multifactor Studies
Reading Figures from Multifactor Research
Issues in Personality Assessment
Sources of Information
Reliability of Measurement
Internal Consistency
Inter-Rater Reliability
Stability Across Time
Validity of Measurement
Construct Validity
Criterion Validity
Convergent Validity
Discriminant Validity
Face Validity
Culture and Validity
Response Sets and Loss of Validity
Two Rationales Behind the Development of Assessment Devices
Rational, or Theoretical, Approach
Empirical Approaches
Better Assessment: A Never-Ending Search
The Dispositional Perspective
The Dispositional Perspective: Major Themes and UnderlyingAssumptions
Types, Traits, and Interactionism