Monthly Archives: October 2010

Is heterosexual male attraction to “underage” females a mental disorder?

This topic is hot, no pun intended, as the diagnostic categories for the proposed DSM-V are being debated. Researchers are jockying to have their preferences enshrined in the manual. One group is arguing that heterosexual male attraction to teenage girls is a paraphilia (hebephilia). There is plenty of laboratory research evidence that indicates that male sexual […]

Court-Involved Therapists

I have previously discussed the problems frequently encountered with court-involved therapists (typically child therapists in divorce and child custody cases). Just discovered a helpful additional source of information in the Journal of Child Custody. Definitely worth a read. Will report on it later. Reference: Greenberg, LR, Gould-Saltman, DJ, & Gottlieb, MC. (2008). ‘Playing in their […]

Remiss in my blogging duties

I have been remiss in my blogging duties.  Aside from finishing a series of articles on self-presentation and psychological assessment, which I will report on tomorrow, I have been finishing up the magisterial work on the Korean War by the late David Halberstam (The Coldest Winter).  It is not just about the war, but the […]

More validity scales and psychological assessment–

I have been reading intensively and neglecting my blogging duties. The previously cited article by Detrick, Chibnall, & Call (JPA, 2010, 92,5, 410-415, DOI: 10.1080/00223891.2010.497401) really opens the vistas on self-presentational issues in psychological assessment. The aricle has a complete list of references, mostly from the non-clinical literature, which moves beyond superficial understandings of validity […]

“Demand Effects” in psychological evaluation–

I continue to be interested in individual behavior in the psychological assessment situation. Fine article in the new Journal of Personality Assessment on the impact of demand characteristics in psychological testing. John Exner did some research on the differences in Rorschach response productivity between  standard evaluation conditions and situations where the examiner was familar with […]

Use it or lose it–adverse cognitive effects of early retirement?

Taking Early Retirement May Retire Memory, Too (excerpts from the NY Times, Online, October 11, 2010) The two economists call their paper “Mental Retirement,” and their argument has intrigued behavioral researchers. Data from the United States, England and 11 other European countries suggest that the earlier people retire, the more quickly their memories decline… Researchers […]

Forensic News

I was recently introduced to Karen Franklin’s forensic blog–Feedbliz–delivered every few day in your email inbox. Definitely worth the read if you want stay up on what is hot in forensic psychology.  She is a controversialist so it is lively reading. Her October 12, 2010, post informs us about Tuesday’s Article 32 (miltary grand jury) proceeding in the case […]

New MMPI-2-RF research

Two interesting and useful articles on the MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF validity scales in Psychological Assessment emhasize the importance of the “F family” of scales in overreporting — “used in detecting negative response bias asociated with symptom exaggeration, particularly overreported symptoms of severe psychopathology.”   The Sellbom article used the SIRS–the Cadillac of malingering measures–as an external […]

Can Psychologists Predict Future Behavior?

I was always taught that psychology is about the description and prediction of behavior. Description? Easy. I can do that! Prediction? Well, er….not so fast. But isn’t description also prediction? If I say that John has an IQ of 100, it is clearly a description, subject of course to a whole bunch of caveats based […]

Court-Involved Therapists

I do a lot of child custody work as well as consultations and second opinions in ongoing child custody cases at Family Court. This provides the opportunity to engage therapists in managing cases as well as observe therapists in action on ongoing cases. (I will address the issue of psychological evaluations later). There is probably no […]