chapter  1
Psychological Assessment and Clinical Practice: Problems and Prospects
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As is evident from this brief historical introduction, clinical psychological assessment has been with us for a long time. My focus in this paper, however, is not on its early history (for further historical accounts see McReynolds, 1975, in press), but rather on its present status and on the prospects for its future. Specifically, I wish to examine the role of assessment in clinical practice, to consider some of the problems that stand in the way of assessment playing a more active and helpful function in such practice, and to offer some suggestions that may improve certain aspects of clinical assessment.