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Diagnosis The classification of disorders by symptoms and signs.
Reliability Consistency of measurement
Validity How well does a test measure what it is supposed to measure
Categorical Presence/absence of a disorder
Dimensional Rank on a continuous quantitative dimension
Semi-Structured Interviews: Informal/less structured interviews Interviewer attends to how questions are answered Is response accompanied by appropriate emotion? Does client fail to answer question?
Structured interviews All interviewers ask the same questions in a predetermined order
Personality Tests Self-reported Personality Inventories & Projective Tests
Computerized Axial Tomography (CT or CAT scan) Reveals structural abnormalities by detecting differences in tissue density
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Similar to CT but higher quality and less radiation fMRI (functional MRI)
Positron Emission Tomography (PET scan) Brain function
Neuropsychologist Studies how brain abnormalities affect thinking, feeling, and behavior
Neuropsychological Tests Reveal performance deficits that can indicate areas of brain malfunction
Psychophysiology Study of bodily changes that accompany psychological characteristics or events
Electrocardiogram (EKG) Heart rate measured by electrodes placed on chest
Electrodermal responding (skin conductance) Sweat-gland activity measured by electrodes placed on hand
Electroencephalogram (EEG) Brain’s electrical activity measured by electrodes placed on scalp
Cultural Bias in Assessment Measures developed for one culture or ethnic group may not be valid or reliable for another.
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