psychometrika—vol. 83, no. 1, 272–274 March 2018 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11336-017-9589-2 SLANEY, K. (2017). Validating Psychological Constructs: Historical, philosophical, and practi- cal dimensions. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. 308 pp. US$99.99 (US$79.99 eBook). ISBN: 978-1-137-38522-2. Despite its main title, Validating Psychological Constructs is not a technical document outlining the relevant methods and procedures for validating psychological theories, tools, and research. Instead, Kathleen Slaney (Simon Fraser University) aims to untangle and neatly arrange the sundry developments and discussions around construct validity theory (CVT). The book is divided into historical, philosophical, and pragmatic sections for pedagogical purposes. Although Slaney intended her work for students and researchers alike, it might be best suited for any graduate student or seasoned research yearning to strengthen their understanding of validity theory. This book is an admirable attempt at organizing the literature on CVT while framing it in novel connections to philosophy of science and complementing it with reviews of actual validation practices in the ﬁeld today. The historical section provides a comprehensive review of the major players and publica- tions involved in the origins, conception, reception, and legacy of CVT. Appropriate attention is given to Cronbach and Meehl’s (1955) seminal paper—along with even earlier work, such as MacCorquodale and
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