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Clinical Assessment in Abnormal Psychology: Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
We've come a long way since clinical assessment meant lying on a couch and wondering why your analyst is smoking a cigar. In this chapter, our instructors will define clinical assessment and explain how it is used in modern psychology. They'll discuss many different types of assessment, from behavioral to biological and beyond, explore their advantages and disadvantages, and describe how they are used in both research and the treatment of mental illness. Students who complete this chapter will be able to:
- Define the concept of clinical assessment and explain why psychologists use it
- Describe patient interviews and discuss their uses and limitations
- Discuss a range of types of clinical assessments, including behavioral, cognitive, biological, medical, psychophysiological, neuropsychological, and intelligence testing
- Explain how clinical assessments are used for data collection and social research, as well as in the treatment of mental illness
- Describe some of the challenges facing clinical assessment, including issues related to reliability, validity, and bias
|What is Clinical Assessment in Psychology? - Definition and Purpose||Define clinical assessment and discuss its purpose.|
|Clinical Interviews in Psychological Assessment: Purpose, Process, & Limitations||Learn how clinical interviews are used to assess clients for mental illness, and explore the limitations of these interviews.|
|Behavioral and Cognitive Assessments: Purpose, Process, & Limitations||Explore behavioral and cognitive assessments used to assess clients for mental illness, as well as their limitations.|
|Psychophysiological and Neuropsychological Assessments||Explore biological, medical, psychophysiological, and neuropsychological assessments used to assess clients for mental illness, as well as their limitations.|
|How Observational & Field Research Are Used to Collect Data||Discover how observational, or field, research is used to collect data in social research.|
|Intelligence Testing and Types||Learn about intelligence testing and IQ, and identify some common types of tests, including the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale, the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, and the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale.|
|Issues in Psychological Assessment: Reliability, Validity, and Bias||Explore some issues in assessment, including reliability, validity, and bias.|
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. 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.
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Other chapters within the Psychology 106: Abnormal Psychology course
- Intro to Abnormal Psychology
- Clinical Research for Abnormal Psychology
- The Biological Model of Abnormality
- The Psychodynamic Model of Abnormal Behavior
- The Behavioral/Learning Model of Abnormal Behavior
- The Cognitive Model of Abnormal Behavior
- The Humanistic-Existential Model of Abnormal Behavior
- The Sociocultural Model of Abnormal Behavior
- The Diathesis-Stress Model
- Introduction to Anxiety Disorders
- Mood Disorders of Abnormal Psychology
- Stress Disorders
- Somatoform Disorders in Abnormal Psychology
- Dissociative Disorders in Psychology
- Eating Disorders in Abnormal Psychology
- Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders
- Substance Use Disorders
- Psychotic Disorders
- Cognitive Disorders
- Lifespan Development Disorders
- Personality Disorders in Abnormal Psychology
- Factitious Disorders
- Treatment in Abnormal Psychology
- Legal and Ethical Issues in Abnormal Psychology
- Studying for Psychology 106