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Ch 17: Clinical Assessment in Psychology

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Watch the video lessons in this chapter to learn about the various types of clinical psychological assessments. These lessons are just one part of Study.com's Psychology of Adulthood & Aging course.

Clinical Assessment in Psychology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

In this chapter, you can find out why clinical assessments are utilized and learn about the various clinical assessments used by psychologists, including clinical interviews, neurological/biological testing and intelligence testing. Explore the purposes, processes and limitations of clinical interviews often used by psychologists. By the time you finish this chapter, you should understand the following:

  • The purpose of clinical assessments and interviews
  • Main types of clinical psychological assessments
  • Various types of clinical interviews
  • Definition of neuropsychology and its assessment limitations

Video Objective
What is Clinical Assessment in Psychology? - Definition and Purpose Define clinical assessment and its purpose, and learn about the main types of clinical assessments.
Clinical Interviews in Psychological Assessment: Purpose, Process & Limitations This lesson describes how clinical interviews are used to assess clients for possible mental illness and discusses the limitations of these interviews.
Behavioral and Cognitive Assessments: Purpose, Process & Limitations Study types of assessments used to assess clients for possible mental illness and the limitations of such assessments.
Psychophysiological and Neuropsychological Assessments Find out about the biological, medical, psychophysiological, and neuropsychological assessments used to assess clients for possible mental illness.
Limitations of Neuropsychological Assessments This lesson covers the benefits and limitations of biological, medical, psychophysiological, and neuropsychological assessments used to assess clients for possible mental illness.

5 Lessons in Chapter 17: Clinical Assessment in Psychology
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What is Clinical Assessment in Psychology? - Definition and Purpose

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.

Clinical Interviews in Psychological Assessment: Purpose, Process, & Limitations

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.

Behavioral and Cognitive Assessments: Purpose, Process, & Limitations

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.

Psychophysiological and Neuropsychological Assessments

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.

Limitations of Neuropsychological Assessments

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.

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