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Schlesinger, L.B. (1989). Psychological Testing from Early Childhood Through Adolescence. A Developmental and Psychodynamic Approach: By Miriam G. Siegel, Ph.D. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, Inc., 1987. 529 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 58:653-655.

(1989). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 58:653-655

Psychological Testing from Early Childhood Through Adolescence. A Developmental and Psychodynamic Approach: By Miriam G. Siegel, Ph.D. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, Inc., 1987. 529 pp.

Review by:
Louis B. Schlesinger

Miriam Siegel has made a real contribution toward the comprehensive psychological evaluation of children and adolescents. This is not just another book on psychological testing. It is not a cookbook presentation on how to administer, score, and interpret tests; nor is it simply a reporting of various interesting cases. Most important, it is not a book jammed with experimental/research findings of little relevance to the practitioner. Instead, Siegel shares with the reader, in a very practical way, her vast knowledge and experience in testing children and adolescents.

The word practical cannot be overemphasized in describing this book. For example, at one point Siegel advises some modification in the standard (or traditional) administration of the Rorschach. In testing young children, she recommends that the inquiry immediately follow the child's response so that the patient's reasoning is not lost. By this method, the emphasis is on understanding the child, as opposed to rigid adherence to strict test procedures, which is so often done by the inexperienced evaluator with a psychometrician mentality. At another point, the author aptly warns the psychologist that there is no need to explain everything: "Each twitch and giggle cannot be endowed with deep dynamic significance; fleeting moments of sadness or suspicion do not necessarily signify a depressive or paranoid reaction" (p. 15). In conjunction with Siegel's practical approach, a very sophisticated psychodynamic and developmental framework serves as a common denominator throughout all of her analysis and interpretation of test findings.

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