Of Inpatients In The Mental Health Setting 230 Conclusion 231 References 231

Several chapters in this volume address issues related to psychological assessment in adult mental health settings, such as the merits and usage of projective and objective tests, neu-ropsychological and intelligence testing, and cultural influences on the assessment procedure. This chapter serves to provide systematic guidelines for assessing adult inpatients and outpatients. The chapter is organized into several sections. First, we examine the rationale for conducting psychological assessment in adult mental health settings. Second, we discuss the foundations and goals of a general approach to psychological assessment in adult mental health settings. Third, we consider various psychological assessment tools. Fourth, we examine the general approach to assessment as well as our recommended approach to psychological assessment in adult mental health settings. Finally, we explore issues relevant to psychological assessment and, in particular, those relevant to assessing inpatients.

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