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Chapter 1 - Histories of Psychological Assessment

An Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 July 2022

Sumaya Laher
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University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
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This chapter introduces the rationale for the book and provides some context for the chapters. Chapters are not just narrative accounts of the development of psychological assessment in a particular country or region. Authors were asked to situate the chapters somewhere between narrative and historiography. Hence the chapters assume a more critical stance in reporting the history of psychological assessment that recognizes that history is never fact and always represents the subjective position of the author. Authors have drawn from existing sources and research but have simultaneously explored the social positionings of such research. We hope that this allows for a richer and perhaps even more interesting account of the international history of psychological assessment. The book begins with the chapters from Africa, followed by those from the Arab-Levant, Europe, Asia, and Oceania, and concluding with chapters from the Americas.

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