FAP5_Lecture_Ch03 - 1 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–7. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: 1 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e – Chapter 3 Slides & Handouts by Karen Clay Rhines, Ph.D. Chapter 3 Chapter 3 Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment 2 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e – Chapter 3 Clinical Assessment: How and Why Clinical Assessment: How and Why Does the Client Behave Abnormally? Does the Client Behave Abnormally? What is assessment? The collecting of relevant information in an effort to reach a conclusion Clinical assessment is used to determine how and why a person is behaving abnormally and how that person may be helped Focus is idiographic – on an individual person Also may be used to evaluate treatment progress 3 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e – Chapter 3 Clinical Assessment: How and Why Clinical Assessment: How and Why Does the Client Behave Abnormally? Does the Client Behave Abnormally? The specific tools used in an assessment depend on the clinician’s theoretical orientation Hundreds of clinical assessment tools have been developed and fall into three categories: Clinical interviews Tests Observations 4 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e – Chapter 3 Characteristics of Assessment Tools Characteristics of Assessment Tools To be useful, assessment tools must be standardized and have clear reliability and validity To standardize a technique is to set up common steps to be followed whenever it is administered One must standardize administration, scoring, and interpretation 5 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e – Chapter 3 Characteristics of Assessment Tools Characteristics of Assessment Tools Reliability refers to the consistency of a test A good test will yield the same results in the same situation Two main types: Test–retest reliability To test for this type of reliability, a subject is tested on two different occasions and the scores are correlated – the higher the correlation, the greater the test’s reliability Interrater reliability Independent judges agree on how to score and interpret a particular test 6 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e – Chapter 3 Characteristics of Assessment Tools Characteristics of Assessment Tools Validity refers to the accuracy of a test’s results A good test must accurately measure what it is supposed to be measuring Three specific types: Face validity – a test appears to measure what it is supposed to measure; does not necessarily indicate true validity Predictive validity – a test accurately predicts future characteristics...
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 04/14/2010 for the course PSYC PSYC taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '10 term at Golden West College.

Page1 / 57

FAP5_Lecture_Ch03 - 1 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 7. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online