This week's prompt will be based on assessment. Please explain how to best assess the individual and how
that tool/tools helps in the assessment in the hypothetical case presented. No need to throw in the "kitchen sink" when exploring the assessment tools since, it is unethical to subject individuals to invalid test procedures and excessive testing is also costly in time and money.
A 10-year-old boy who seems very intelligent to his parents and teacher is getting very low grades. He is frequently inattentive to the teacher and seems "spaced out." There is no history of trauma to the head and no indications of serious mental disorder. It is not clear whether his problems occur solely in the classroom or elsewhere, too. The boy and his parents come to you for an assessment.
Which tools/observation methods are needed to make a psychodiagnosis of what the boy may have?
- Tools: 1. Controlled observations in clinic or laboratory
- 2. Naturalistic observations in office, home, school
- 3. Logs kept by parents, friends, the client
- 4. Structured interview
- 5. Unstructured interview
- 6. Projective personality tests (Rorschach, TAT, sentence-completion, draw-a-person)
- 7. Self-report inventories (MMPI-2, Beck Depression Inventory)
- 8. Wechsler's tests (WAIS-III, WISC-III, WPPSI-III)
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