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  • 1. 1
    A PowerPoint™ Slide Presentation for
    Abnormal Psychology Ninth Edition 9/e
    Lauren B. Alloy, Ph.D.
    John H. Riskind, Ph.D.
    Margaret B. Manos
    Developed by Joseph A. Davis, Ph.D.
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    Chapter 2
    Diagnosis and Assessment
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    Chapter Main Points
    Diagnosis and Assessment: The Issues
    Methods of Assessment
    Cultural Bias in Assessment
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    Diagnosis and Assessment
    Psychological Assessment:
    The collection, organization, and interpretation of information about a person and his or her situation
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    Why Assessment?
    The rendering of an accurate portrait of personality, cognitive functioning, mood, and behavior
    Predict future behavior based on present functioning
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    Diagnosis of Mental Disorders
    The person’s problem is classified within one of a set of recognized categories of abnormal behavior and is labeled accordingly
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    Diagnosis of Mental Disorders
    The Classification of Abnormal Behavior
    The Practice of Diagnosis
    Criticisms of Diagnosis
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    Diagnosis of Mental Disorders
    Categorical Classification:
    Sorting of patients into diagnostic categories
    Dimensional Classification:
    Based on dimensions of pathology
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    The DSM-IV System
    Specific Diagnostic Criteria:
    Essential features
    Associated features
    Diagnostic criteria
    Differential diagnosis
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    The DSM-IV System
    DSM Five Axes of Diagnosis
    Axis I - Clinical syndrome
    Axis II - Personality disorders
    Axis III - General medical disorders
    Axis IV - Psychosocial/environmental problems
    Axis V - Global assessment of functioning
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    The DSM-IV System
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    The DSM-IV System
    Unspecified Cause:
    Avoids any suggestion as to the cause of a disorder unless the cause has been definitely established
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    The degree to which findings can stand the test of repeated measurements
    Criteria for Reliability:
    Internal consistency
    Test-retest reliability
    Interjudge (interrater) reliability
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    Extent to which a test measures what it is supposed to measure
    Descriptive Validity:
    Degree to which an assessment device provides significant information about the current behavior of the people being assessed
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    Predictive Validity:
    Degree to which an assessment answers questions about cause, prognosis, and treatment
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    Problems in Assessment
    Problems in Assessment:
    Manner in which assessor conducts interview
    Manner in which assessor interprets the evidence
    Pragmatic considerations that interfere with accurate evaluation
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    The Interview
    The Interview:
    A face-to-face conversation between subject and examiner
    Mental Status Exam (MSE):
    a very broad examination aimed at turning up any sign of disorder
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    Psychological Tests
    Psychological Test:
    A standard procedure in which persons are presented with a series of stimuli to which they are asked to respond
    Psychometric Approach:
    Psychometrists attempt to locate stable underlying characteristics, or traits, that presumably exist in differing degrees in everyone
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    Psychological Tests
    Intelligence Testing:
    Concept of Intelligence Quotient (IQ)
    WAIS-R, Stanford-Binet, K-ABC, Other
    Projective Personality Testing:
    Rorschach Psychodiagnostic Inkblot Test
    Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)
    Sentence Completion Test
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    Psychological Tests: Intelligence
    (questions similar to Wechsler)
    General Information
    - How many wings does a bird have?
    General Comprehension
    - What is the advantage of keeping money in a bank?
    - If an apple costs $0.10, how much should a dozen apples cost?
    - In what ways are a lion and a tiger alike?
    - What does ______ mean? (wide range of difficulty)
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    Psychological Tests: Projective
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    Psychological Tests
    Self-report Personality Inventories:
    Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2)
    The L (Lie) Scale
    The K (Subtle Defensiveness) Scale
    The F (infrequency) Scale
    Test Response Sets
    Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI-III)
    Millon Personality Scales
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    Psychological Tests for Organicity
    The Bender-Gestalt Test for Organic Screening
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    Laboratory Tests
    Electroencephalogram (EEG)
    Polygraph Examination
    Galvanic Skin Response (GSR)
    Electromyogram (EMG)
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    Observation in Natural Settings
    Situational Variables:
    Environmental stimuli that precede and follow any given action
    Person Variables:
    The person’s stable traits
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    Recapping the Main Points
    Diagnosis and Assessment: The Issues
    Methods of Assessment
    Cultural Bias in Assessment
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    End of Chapter 2
    Diagnosis and Assessment