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Ch 24: Psychological Assessments

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This chapter looks at various forms and approaches of psychological assessments. You'll look into numerous processes of assessment while reviewing related terms, examples and tools.

Psychological Assessments - Chapter Summary

This chapter breaks down the processes of psychological assessments. You can study about the purposes and goals of these assessments as well as related terms and examples of their application. Subjects discussed include structured interviews, objective personality tests, psychological autopsy, and all of the following:

  • Clinical interviews for psychological assessment
  • Naturalistic observation
  • Psychological research tools
  • Behavioral and cognitive evaluations
  • Approaches to measuring intelligence
  • The thematic apperception test
  • Criminal responsibility
  • The causes and prevention of suicide

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12 Lessons in Chapter 24: Psychological Assessments
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Types of Assessments Used in Psychology

1. Types of Assessments Used in Psychology

Psychological assessments are tests that are meant to analyze a person's abilities or personality. In this lesson, we'll examine some common types of psychological tests, including projective tests, inventories, and aptitude tests.

Structured Interview: Definition, Process & Example

2. Structured Interview: Definition, Process & Example

Psychologists and researchers often use structured interviews in order to gain information in an efficient and streamlined manner. Learn more about structured interviews through examples in this lesson, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

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

3. 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.

Naturalistic Observation in Psychology: Definition & Examples

4. Naturalistic Observation in Psychology: Definition & Examples

Many different research methodologies are used in psychology. So many approaches exist because psychologists are interested in a wide range of topics. The least invasive of these methods is called naturalistic observation.

Psychological Research Tools: Observation, Measurement & Experimentation

5. Psychological Research Tools: Observation, Measurement & Experimentation

What are the primary ways a psychologist goes about conducting research? In this lesson, we will look at the three main ways a researcher can go about learning something, as well as some of the more famous psychological research that has used these techniques.

What is Clinical Assessment in Psychology? - Definition and Purpose

6. 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.

Behavioral and Cognitive Assessments: Purpose, Process, & Limitations

7. 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.

Methods of Measuring Intelligence: Interpreting IQ Scores & Score Range

8. Methods of Measuring Intelligence: Interpreting IQ Scores & Score Range

You've probably heard of 'IQ,' but do you really know what it means? This lesson covers the history and theory behind the famous idea of an intelligence quotient (including the inventor of IQ, Alfred Binet), and will help you learn how to understand and interpret IQ scores.

Objective Personality Tests: Advantages, Examples & Definition

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.

What is the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)?

10. What is the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)?

In this lesson, you'll learn about the Thematic Apperception Test: what it is, its purpose, how it has evolved, how it is administered and scored, and its major criticisms as a personality assessment tool.

Criminal Responsibility: Definition, Evaluation & Legal Defenses

11. Criminal Responsibility: Definition, Evaluation & Legal Defenses

In this lesson, you will be introduced to the concept of criminal responsibility. Learn about the ways in which criminal responsibility is evaluated, as well as the common legal defenses to criminal responsibility.

Psychological Autopsy: Definition, Steps & Ethics

12. Psychological Autopsy: Definition, Steps & Ethics

In the wake of a suicide, a psychological autopsy can be the most important, effective tool for gathering information and providing answers. In this lesson, we will define psychological autopsy and gain insight into how it is conducted.

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