Psychologists who carry out personality assessments must be conversant in diverse technical languages to describe their clients’ social contexts and inner personality function. The clinician needs to understand a person’s family, gender role, ethnic identity, religious beliefs, and similar qualities, and also a client’s inner personality functioning, including the workings of motives, emotions. cognition, and self-control: these may be characterized by relevant psychiatric symptoms, personality traits, and individual test scores such as those on the MMPI-2-RF and Rorschach-Performance Assessment System. The Personality Systems Framework for Assessment (PSF-A) can support the assessment process by organizing information about both an individual’s context and personality function, freeing the professional to optimally focus on characterizing their clients.


UNH Personality Lab

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Journal of Personality Assessment


Taylor & Francis

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article to be published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Personality Assessment in 2018, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/hjpa20