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A synopsis of contemporary psychiatry.Psychological examination.

A synopsis of contemporary psychiatry.: Psychological examination. In the psychiatric team the psychologist may function as a therapist, expert on research design or as a psychological theoretician. His unique contribution to clinical psychiatry, however, lies in the realm of diagnostic testing. In those situations where prolonged observation of the patient is not feasible, or where it is desirable quickly to pick up clues to covert symptomatology, the psychological test battery can be of great value. The psychologist gathers his data from observations of the patient functioning within the framework of a standardized test situation. His battery of psychological tests is carefully planned with a series of specific questions in mind and aimed to assess the patient's assets, conflicts, major defenses against anxiety and amenability to various forms of treatment. The report of psychological findings usually includes a descriptive summary of the patient's personality problems. In order to obtain the greatest value from the psychologist's report, however, the psychiatrist should have some familiarity with the test instruments used. The following section discusses briefly those tests that are commonly included in the diagnostic psychological battery. Some mention is made of their component parts and scoring scales, but for further details the reader is referred to the list of suggested readings. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A synopsis of contemporary psychiatry.Psychological examination.

American Psychological Association — Jul 11, 2011

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Publisher
C V Mosby Co
Copyright
Copyright © 1956 American Psychological Association
Pages
46 –61
DOI
10.1037/13188-009
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Abstract

In the psychiatric team the psychologist may function as a therapist, expert on research design or as a psychological theoretician. His unique contribution to clinical psychiatry, however, lies in the realm of diagnostic testing. In those situations where prolonged observation of the patient is not feasible, or where it is desirable quickly to pick up clues to covert symptomatology, the psychological test battery can be of great value. The psychologist gathers his data from observations of the patient functioning within the framework of a standardized test situation. His battery of psychological tests is carefully planned with a series of specific questions in mind and aimed to assess the patient's assets, conflicts, major defenses against anxiety and amenability to various forms of treatment. The report of psychological findings usually includes a descriptive summary of the patient's personality problems. In order to obtain the greatest value from the psychologist's report, however, the psychiatrist should have some familiarity with the test instruments used. The following section discusses briefly those tests that are commonly included in the diagnostic psychological battery. Some mention is made of their component parts and scoring scales, but for further details the reader is referred to the list of suggested readings. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved)

Published: Jul 11, 2011

Keywords: psychological examination; psychiatric patients; diagnostic psychological battery

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