2. Current Issues in Case Formulation

  1. Peter Sturmey2 and
  2. Mary McMurran3
  1. Gregory H. Mumma

Published Online: 24 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119977018.ch2

Forensic Case Formulation

Forensic Case Formulation

How to Cite

Mumma, G. H. (2011) Current Issues in Case Formulation, in Forensic Case Formulation (eds P. Sturmey and M. McMurran), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119977018.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Queens College and City University, New York, USA

  2. 3

    Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK

Author Information

  1. Texas Tech University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 2 SEP 2011

Book Series:

Book Series Editors:

  1. Clive R. Hollin4 and
  2. Mary McMurran3

Series Editor Information

  1. 3

    Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK

  2. 4

    School of Psychology, University of Leicester, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683958

Online ISBN: 9781119977018



  • current issues in case formulation (CF) - psychometric issues, relevant to CF;
  • content validity, reliability - and additional validity issues in CF;
  • CF components, issue of content validity - and construct explication;
  • content validity in psychodynamic CF - recurring maladaptive relationship patterns, as core conflictual relationship theme;
  • content validity in cognitive-behavioral and behavioral CFs - content validity, for causal variables and target behaviors;
  • scientific bases II, reliability - second major scientific challenge for CF;
  • psychodynamic CFs - interformulator reliability evaluation, psychodynamic CFs, the Plan Formulation Method and the CCRT;
  • internal consistency reliability - for multi-item measures;
  • scientific bases IV, case formulation and treatment - behavioral and cognitive-behavioral CF;
  • CF, essential tension - between structure and flexibility


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Chapter Goals

  • Scientific Bases I: CF Components and Content Validity

  • Scientific Bases II: Reliability

  • Scientific Bases III: Validity of CF and its Components

  • Scientific Bases IV: The Case Formulation and Treatment

  • Training and Competency Issues

  • Summary and Conclusions

  • References