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October 2021

Optimism as an indicator of psychological health: Using psychological assessment wisely

Author(s): McKee, E. A., Plant, D. D.

Journal/Book: J Personal Assess. 1999; 72: 10 Industrial Ave, Mahwah, NJ 07430-2262, USA. Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc Inc. 190-199.

Abstract: Healthy aspects of psychological functioning are often overlooked in traditional psychological assessment. When this happens, the client may become discouraged with his or her testing results, or perhaps worse, may feel that the assessor was not interested in obtaining a complete picture of who he or she is. Assessing healthy aspects of psychological functioning can be problematic, however; adding new instruments that only speak to one aspect of psychological functioning is not practical. A system is proposed in which one aspect of healthy psychological functioning-optimism-can be assessed using a standard projective test. Use of this scale can aid the assessor in conceptualizing the client's functioning and can also be a helpful tool to draw on in the course of treatment.

Note: Article Strassle CG, Univ Tennessee, Dept Psychol, 227 Austin Peay Bldg, Knoxville,TN 37996 USA


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