PSY240H5 Chapter Notes - Chapter 5: Mental Health Professional, Concurrent Validity, Content Validity

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Assessment: the process of gathering information about a person so that you can make a clinical decision about that person"s symptoms. In the process, you may create a variety of hypotheses about that person"s symptoms. Information includes the individuals present symptoms but also the social and cultural context in which these symptoms appear. Mental status exam: clinical interview organized into major categories designed to determine a person"s cognitive processes: first major category is the individuals appearance and behavior, mood and affect. Affect refers to the emotions that the individuals is expressing during the interview: speech quality, in which manner the individual speaks, thought processes, do the responses add additional information to the questions. Flight of ideas: responses that are not related to the question asked or that tell a narrative in which each sentence is not related to the one that came before it. Delusional thinking: an unrealistic pattern of thoughts forming a theme.

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