Question 4.docx - Question 4 Mr Maleki is a psychologist who specialises in psycho-legal assessments His client Mrs Panelo was seriously injured in a

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Question 4 Mr Maleki is a psychologist who specialises in psycho-legal assessments. His client, Mrs Panelo, was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident. Mr Maleki decided to use the following methods to evaluate Mrs Panelo. Discuss and evaluate each of these methods by also referring to the suitability of each method. (a) Interview. (10) Structure of the forensic interview The person-centred interview established by Carl Rogers is recommended. In this format the psychologist follows the client through the interview, with an accurate reflection of the client’s feelings. This normally encourages the client to provide further details and to volunteer information that can be very important and relevant. Following the person-centred phase, the psychologist can use direct questioning to fill in the remaining gaps of information. Content of the interview Biographical information : Includes name, age, date of birth, marital status and children, race, religion, occupation, education, social class and handicaps. Developmental history: The following aspects are relevant and should be obtained during the interview: Details about the mother’s pregnancy and delivery (it is meaningful to gather information covering the period from the time of birth to the time of the evaluation). Details about the client’s temperament and behavioural or psycho-physiological problems must be noted. The psychologist should enquire about the personality and behaviour of the client. Pre-school, secondary and tertiary education, as well vocational training form part of the developmental history. Social circumstances and relationships: The client’s well-being, marital and family stability. Information about the client’s family of origin and his/her role in it. The following are relevant and should be obtained during the interview: the kind of interpersonal relationships that the client has, how long these interpersonal relationships last, whether the client is isolated or participates in past and current group activities, people of importance in his/her life, whether the client is single or
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