NOTES_Lec 3 (Ch 3 Assessment & Classification)

NOTES_Lec 3 (Ch 3 Assessment & Classification) - Assessment...

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Assessment & Classification of Abnormal Behavior Chapter 3
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Mental disorders are relatively common 20-30% of americans suffer from diagnosable MI in a given year Anxiety disorders (includes phobias) are most frequent, followed by substance abuse and depression 15% of health costs Significant gender differences exist Stereotypes of stigma still serious problems
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Assessment Tests or evaluation procedures Tools for evaluation Categorization & classification
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Psychological Assessment Process of gathering information about behaviors, traits, thoughts, emotions and psychological problems of the individual A means to evaluate a person in terms of the factors which have the most influence on the individual’s functioning: psychological, physical, & social factors
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Assessment Techniques 1. Observation 2. Interviews 3. Psychological Tests and Inventories 4. Neurological tests
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Observations Controlled observations conducted in contrived settings (labs, clinics) Naturalistic observations natural setting (classroom, office, home)
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Interviews Purpose: collect as much relevant data as possible Clinical interview Presenting Problem Mental status examination Structured interviews
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Mental Status Exam A component of most interviews; Goal is for the clinician to take note of client’s: Behavior Orientation “in person, place, and time” Concept of thought Thinking style and language “is language rushed or pressured” Affect and mood “no emotional expression, and able to show the right emotions” Perceptual experiences Sense of self Motivation Intelligence Insight
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This note was uploaded on 09/09/2008 for the course PSY 3014 taught by Professor Salley during the Spring '08 term at VCCS.

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