OUTLINE FOR LECTURE NOTES IN PSYC 405

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CHAPTER 3

I. Chapter 3: Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Research in Psychopathology

....A. Introduction: Three crucial themes (above)

....B. Clinical Assessment vs. Diagnosis

.........1. Critical Scientific Issues: Reliability, Validity, Standarization

.........2. The Clinical Interview: Structure and Purpose

..............a. Format

...................1. Identifying Information

...................2. Presenting Problem - own words

...................3. History (Of problem, family, medical, abuse,drugs)

...................4. Mental Status Exam

........................a. Items (Text): Appearance, thought process, affect/mood, intellectual functioning, sensorium

........................b. Standards of practice and MSE

...................5. Provisional Dx

...................6. Recommendations

.........3. Psychological Testing (MMPI)

.........4. Other Testing

....C. Diagnostics

.........1. Systems or approaches

.............a. Categorical Systems (Key symptoms)

.............b. Dimensional Systems (Continuum of symptoms)

.............c. Prototypical Approach (uses both = the DSM and ICD system)

.............d. Concept of "Thresholds" as "Clinically Significant"

.........2. Diagnostic System

.............a. DSM: Diagnostics and Statistics Manual

...................1. Process:

.......................a. DSM I, II: Reliability problems

.......................b. DSM III, IV Process: Research, trials

.............................1. Characteristics

.................................a. Atheoretical

.................................b. Symptom based

...................2. A Scientific Revolution

.......................a. Clinical document

.......................b. Scientific/research document

.............d. DSM V:

.........3. Evaluation: Positives, negatives

IV. Research: In Science, Method is Everything!!! Is There a Full Moon Effect?

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