PSYC3230 – Abnormal Psychology
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1. Under what circumstances is a structured interview most likely to be used?
When consistent information is needed for research purposes
When an accurate diagnosis is needed to ensure appropriate treatment
When the behavior of the client is erratic
When the information provided in an unstructured interview is found to lack
2. Which of the following best illustrates high reliability?
An interviewer modifies the way she asks questions to fit the style of the client.
Two interviewers diagnose the same disorder after talking to the same client.
A clinician accurately predicts that a client will become violent when reunited with
A clinician uses both medical (e.g., MRI) and psychological (e.g., MMPI-2)
information to decide a diagnosis.
3. Which of the following is considered to be the most reliable life event approach?
The Life Event and Difficulty Schedule
The Social Readjustment Rating Scale
The Impact of Events Scale
The Social Events Scale
4. The pituitary gland
controls the release of hormones by the hypothalamus.
is part of the immune system.
releases hormones that regulate many bodily functions.
5. Feelings of control over stressors
do not make a difference when it comes to extremely severe stressors like torture.
can make a difference even for victims of torture - if the person feels he or she
has some control, he or she tends to be less affected by the stressor over the long
can make people feel worse because they believe they should have been able to
change what happened.
can make a difference even for victims of torture - if the person feels he or she has
some control, he or she tends to be more affected by the stressor over the long
6. One criticism of diagnostic labels is that
they can influence both other people's and the diagnosed person's perception of
themselves in negative ways.
there are so many different systems of diagnosis that it is hard to understand what
an individual diagnosis means.
the multiaxial system is so complicated to use that few people are able to use it
they make other information unnecessary, so restrict the type of services that
insurance will cover.
7. The reliability of the assessment interview may be enhanced by the use of
a flexible, open-ended interview rather than a structured interview.
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