Chapter 3. Assessment in the New Paradigm

  1. Elspeth Stirling practising clinical psychologist

Published Online: 29 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470660089.ch3

Valuing Older People: Positive Psychological Practice

Valuing Older People: Positive Psychological Practice

How to Cite

Stirling, E. (2010) Assessment in the New Paradigm, in Valuing Older People: Positive Psychological Practice, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470660089.ch3

Author Information

  1. National Health Service in the United Kingdom

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683354

Online ISBN: 9780470660089



  • assessment in new paradigm - ecological framework for new paradigm;
  • classification - ‘fair’ and medical treatments in combating disease and illness;
  • Alzheimer's disease - Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM IV);
  • classificatory creep happenings - classificatory approach on people;
  • sanitization of traditional medical paradigm;
  • service plans and goals, in ‘person-centred’ language - inheriting old patterns of service practices;
  • distinction between short-term/acute needs assessment and assessment for futures planning;
  • new paradigm of futures planning - assisting people living with life-defining conditions;
  • person-centred approach to interventions with people with cognitive disabilities


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • An Ecological Framework for the New Paradigm

  • The Legacy of the Classificatory Approach

  • Classifications are Historically Expedient and can Change

  • Classificatory Creep

  • The Sanitization of the Traditional Medical Paradigm