psy 220 - Ch3

psy 220 - Ch3 - Chapter 3 Class Notes Page 1 Clinical...

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Chapter 3 Class Notes Page 1 Clinical Assessment: Gathering information on potential abnormal behavior Informed decision Diagnosis-does the problem meet criteria for psychological disorder in the DSM-IV-TR Clinical Assessment - systematic evaluation and measurement of psychological, biological, and social factors in a person presenting with a possible psychological disorder Value of assessment depends on: 1. Reliability - the degree to which a measurement is consistent 2. Validity - the degree to which a technique measures what it is designed to measure 3. Standardization - application of certain standards to ensure consistency across different meas- urements
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Chapter 3 Class Notes Page 2 Mental Status Exam: Standard first assessment in a number of different clinical areas 1. Appearance and behavior Overt behavior Attire Appearance, posture, expressions 2. Thought processes Rate of speech Continuity of speech Content of speech 3. Mood and affect Predominant feeling state of the individual Feeling state accompanying what individual says 4. Intellectual functioning Type of vocabulary Use of abstractions and metaphors 5. Sensorium Awareness of surroundings in terms of person (self and clinician)
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PSY 220 taught by Professor Lefbvre during the Spring '10 term at Wofford.

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