Review by Choice Review
Three qualified scholars have compiled a valuable measurement guide on family-related topics. Almost 1,000 tests from the past 50 years are described, half of them from reports published since 1975. Recent entries include test title, author, availability, variables measured, description, reliability and validity, and up to four references. Older material is taken from the 1978 or 1970 editions of this guide (1st ed., with title Family Measurement Techniques. . ., CH, Feb'70). The new edition includes many but not all of the measurements described in the previous editions. All information is presented in an objective manner, with no attempt at critical assessments of the measurements. Tests are grouped into topical chapters related to marriage, family dynamics, parenthood, power, and adjustment. Each chapter begins with a fine narrative overview of the field. Access to test listings is available through three indexes: author, title (alphabetized letter-by-letter rather than word-by-word) and classification code (identifies topic, interactants, and focus). General test sources such as Mental Measurements Yearbook (1940- ) and Test Critiques (1984- ) lack the family-related emphasis of this handbook. A very useful aspect is the availability of the actual tests. The editors have either cited references of tests published in journal articles or made them available through the National Auxiliary Publications Service. Highly recommended as a helpful resource for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students and researchers interested in family topics. -K. Salomon, Oakland University
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