Chapter 5. Psychological Assessment

  1. David A. Crighton Deputy Chief Psychologist visiting Professor Deputy Head Consultant Psychologist past Secretary Treasurer Chief Examiner editorial board member1 and
  2. Graham J. Towl MPhil Chief Psychologist visiting Professor member Head recipient past Chair Treasurer external examiner2

Published Online: 12 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301724.ch5

Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition

Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition

How to Cite

Crighton, D. A. and Towl, G. J. (2008) Psychological Assessment, in Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition, BPS Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444301724.ch5

Author Information

  1. 1

    Universities of Aberdeen, London, UK

  2. 2

    Universities of Durham, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 FEB 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160100

Online ISBN: 9781444301724



  • psychological assessment of prisoners;
  • prisons - social history within social policy context;
  • isolationism in management structures within prisons;
  • psychological models of assessment;
  • assessment data - categorisation and description;
  • scientific methodologies and psychological assessment;
  • applied behavioural analysis framework;
  • iterative assessment approaches;
  • Offender Assessment System (OASys)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Psychological Models of Assessment

  • Organising Data

  • Assessment Information

  • Characteristics of Data Collection

  • Self-report Information

  • Functional Analysis

  • Iterative Assessment Approaches

  • Summary

  • Notes