Foundations for a Behavioral Assessment Alternative

  • Richard A. Marafiote


In this chapter, I will lay the foundation for the model of assessment to be proposed and presented throughout the remainder of this text. This model grew out of two closely related areas of research, personality and psychological assessment. Understanding personality and the prediction of behavior and how they directly relate to theories of assessment and their associated strategies is vitally important in the development of any evaluation model. After reviewing the research on personality and on the person—situation controversy, I will explain how this research led to my espousal of a behavioral assessment model and to my dissatisfaction with and dismissal of the more commonly used trait-oriented and psychodynamic models of assessment. Furthermore, because traditional assessment strategies are frequently used within the context of child custody evaluations, I shall raise some important questions about their current status as methods of personality assessment.


Mental Health Professional Clinical Judgment Personality Assessment Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Projective Test 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard A. Marafiote
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  1. 1.Behavior Therapy Institute of ColoradoDenverUSA

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