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2-2-16 Abnormal Seitz

by: Eric Castro

2-2-16 Abnormal Seitz Psyc 330

Eric Castro
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These notes cover the lecture on 2-2-16 and will be in the first exam.
Abnormal Psychology
Matthew William Seitz (P)
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Eric Castro on Tuesday February 2, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Psyc 330 at University of Tennessee - Knoxville taught by Matthew William Seitz (P) in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 23 views. For similar materials see Abnormal Psychology in Psychlogy at University of Tennessee - Knoxville.


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Date Created: 02/02/16
Chapter 3 Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment ­ Assessment – A collection of relevant information in order to reach a conclusion (a  diagnosis) 4 Main reasons to conduct an assessment  1 .     Diagnosis 2. Prognosis – The expected outcome of treatment. Speedy, slow, hard, easy 3. Biopsychosocial formulation 4. Treatment options – How to treat Assessment tools must all possess the following 3 traits to be useful  1 .     Standardization  2 .     Reliability  3 .     Validity         Standardization o Similar procedures across all test administrations o Helps ensure fairness o Allows for comparisons to other populations         Reliability o Consistency of results      Test­retest reliability      Interrater reliability  If two coders code the same thing differently, it lacks reliability         Validity o Measures what is supposed to be measured o Accurate o Types of Validity         Face Validity o Appears to measure what it is supposed to measure o Questions appear to be valid. Accurate looking questions. Appears to measure  what it is supposed to         Predictive validity o Predicts future characteristics or behavior         Concurrent Validity o Results agree with independent measures assessing similar characteristics or  behavior o Ex. Trying to measure happiness, and yours is way off, lacks concurrent validity Something may be reliable and invalid, but may not be unreliable and valid ­ Clinical Interviews – Used to collect detailed information and allows interviewer to focus on what he/she considers most important ­ Unstructured – Casual, no format ­ Semi­structured – A list of questions but may ask some questions ­ Structured – List that is definitely read from ­ Intake Interview – The interview between therapist and patient o Identifying information o Presenting problem or chief complaint o History of presenting problem o Social and developmental history o Family history of mental health problems o Medical o Mental Status Exam o Questions to ask  Grade history?  On Medication?  Open to medication?  How are you coping?  Social support system?  Do you have any intention of killing yourself? Terms in which confidentiality may be broken ­ Any imminent danger to yourself or others ­ Suspicion of child or elder abuse ­ Court orders


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