Psychological Assessment in Adult Mental Health Settings
Part Two. Assessment Settings
Published Online: 15 APR 2003
Copyright © 2003 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Handbook of Psychology
How to Cite
Bagby, R. M., Wild, N. and Turner, A. 2003. Psychological Assessment in Adult Mental Health Settings. Handbook of Psychology. Two:10:211–234.
- Published Online: 15 APR 2003
The goal of this chapter is to provide a general outline for the psychological assessment of adult psychiatric inpatients and outpatients. We regard psychological assessment as a problem-solving process in which psychological tests, structured diagnostic interviewing, and unstructured clinical interviewing are employed to answer specific referral requests. The fundamental premises of the approach recommended in this chapter is that psychological assessments must be evidenced based and multimodal. Consistent with this approach, psychological assessment should evaluate a client's psychiatric symptoms in relation to the diagnostic criteria according to the most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders and use objective tests supplemented with structured interviews that have proven reliability and validity. Examples of such tests and interview techniques that meet these standards are discussed as are various practical issues, including selecting the appropriate tests, addressing referral questions, and the requisite skills required to conduct psychological assessments.
- evidenced based;
- objective tests;
- structured interviewing