Psychological Assessment in Adult Mental Health Settings

R. MICHAEL BAGBY, NICOLE WILD, AND ANDREA TURNER

WHY CONDUCT PSYCHOLOGICALASSESSMENTS? 213 GENERALAPPROACH TO PSYCHOLOGICALASSESSMENT IN AN ADULT MENTAL HEALTH SETTING 214 Foundations of the General Approach to

Psychological Assessment 214 Goals of Psychological Assessment 216 PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT TOOLS 218 Types of Psychological Assessment Tools 218 Choosing the Tests to Use 220 Choosing the Number of Tests 220 Integration and Interpretation of Tests 220 ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE IN ADULT MENTAL HEALTH SETTINGS: THE GENERAL APPROACH 221 The Referral Question 221

Preliminary Information 222 Clarification of Axis I Diagnoses 223 Clarification of Axis II Diagnoses 224

ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE IN ADULT MENTAL HEALTH SETTINGS: THE RECOMMENDED APPROACH 225 Review of Referral and Preliminary Information 225 Assessment Procedure 225

Treatment Implications and Recommendations 227

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