Behavioral and Cognitive Assessments: Purpose, Process, & Limitations


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Vera decided to see a psychologist to help her deal with some anger issues she has been experiencing recently. During her initial appointment, Vera is asked to rate how often she has been experiencing phrases on a scale of 'not at all' to 'almost every day', such as 'has trouble concentrating on things,' 'feels like a failure', 'has thoughts of hurting herself', and 'has little interest or pleasure in doing things'. This is an example of a/an:

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1. Vera has been holding onto some deep anger that is affecting her life after a good friend let her down during a recent health crisis. Vera is having a hard time moving past this experience, since she keeps having negative thoughts related to it. Vera decides that she wants to learn how to change her thoughts, behaviors, and feelings. What can help her do this?

2. Which of these is NOT an area of a patient's life that is examined by a cognitive behavioral psychologist?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Behavioral and cognitive assessments are used in the field of psychology, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the concept. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the components and function of cognitive behavioral assessments.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • What cognitive behavioral assessments are designed to measure
  • The two elements generally present in cognitive behavioral assessments
  • The five areas of cognitive behavioral therapy

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can access information regarding behavioral cognitive assessments and the role they play in treatment and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the elements of cognitive behavioral assessment and the potential disadvantage of the process
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about these psychological assessments and the therapy process they are used for

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson on Behavioral and Cognitive Assessments. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Understand the function of cognitive behavioral assessments
  • Identify the components of cognitive behavioral assessments
  • Identify the five areas of cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Identify the benefits and limitations of cognitive behavioral assessments