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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a clinical assessment unit of a standard abnormal psychology course. Topics covered include:
- Clinical interviews
- Behavioral and cognitive assessments
- Psychophysiological and neuropsychological assessments
- Observational and field research
- Intelligence testing
- Issues in psychological assessment
1. What is Clinical Assessment in Psychology? - Definition and Purpose
If you're a psychologist and a patient comes to see you, how do you know what is wrong? In this lesson, we'll look at clinical psychological assessments and how psychologists use them.
2. Clinical Interviews in Psychological Assessment: Purpose, Process, & Limitations
Psychologists are not mind-readers. Like medical doctors, psychologists have to assess their patients to find out what's wrong. In this lesson, we'll examine the most commonly used psychological assessment: the clinical interview.
3. Behavioral and Cognitive Assessments: Purpose, Process, & Limitations
Sometimes, faulty thought and behavior patterns cause psychological problems. To uncover the cause of the problems, some psychologists use cognitive and behavioral assessments. We'll look closer at those types of assessments and how they are used.
4. Psychophysiological and Neuropsychological Assessments
Some psychological disorders have a physical basis. In this lesson, we'll look at three types of assessments that examine the link between body and mind: neuroimaging, neuropsychological tests, and psychophysiological tests.
5. Limitations of Neuropsychological Assessments
Psychological disorders that spring from a brain problem are diagnosed with neuropsychological tests. But, how accurate are those tests? We'll look at some of the limitations and issues surrounding neuropsychological assessments.
6. Intelligence Testing and Types
Most people have heard of IQ. But how is it measured and what does it mean? In this lesson, we'll look at the history of intelligence testing, major types of intelligence tests, and the debate and controversy over intelligence.
7. Issues in Psychological Assessment: Reliability, Validity, and Bias
In order to diagnose and treat patients, psychologists use assessments. But how well do psychological tests work? In this lesson, we'll look closer at three areas that inform a good psychological assessment: reliability, validity, and bias.
8. Axis V in the DSM: Diagnosis & Disorders
This lesson gives a brief overview of the fifth axis from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. You'll learn how this scale is used and how the ratings influence the treatment and care of clients with mental health issues.
9. Objective Personality Tests: Advantages, Examples & Definition
Objective personality tests are used to learn more about your personality traits. This lesson gives examples of common tests, how they are used, and why some are considered better than others.
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Other chapters within the Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review course
- Introduction to Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
- Research Methods in Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
- Clinical Research of Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
- The Biological Model of Abnormality: Help and Review
- The Psychodynamic Model of Abnormal Behavior: Help and Review
- The Behavioral/Learning Model of Abnormal Behavior: Help and Review
- The Cognitive Model of Abnormal Behavior: Help and Review
- Help & Review for the Humanistic-Existential Model of Abnormal Behavior
- The Sociocultural Model of Abnormal Behavior: Help and Review
- The Diathesis-Stress Model: Help and Review
- Introduction to Anxiety Disorders: Help and Review
- Mood Disorders of Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
- Stress Disorders: Help and Review
- Somatoform Disorders in Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
- Dissociative Disorders in Psychology: Help and Review
- Eating Disorders in Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
- Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders: Help and Review
- Substance Use Disorders: Help and Review
- Psychotic Disorders: Help and Review
- Cognitive Disorders in Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
- Life-Span Development Disorders: Help and Review
- Personality Disorders in Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
- Factitious Disorders: Help and Review
- Treatment in Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
- Legal and Ethical Issues in Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
- Cognitive, Social & Emotional Development