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Sample Unstructured Clinical Interview Discussion
Mogensen, L., & Mason, J. (2015). The meaning of a label for teenagers negotiating identity: Experiences with autism spectrum disorder. Sociology of Health & Illness, 37(2), 255–269. Copyright 2015 by John Wiley and Sons. Reprinted by permission of John Wiley and Sons via the Copyright Clearance Center.
Social media often entertains us with tests such as “Which Disney Animal Are You?”, “Which 80s Toy Are You?”, or “Which U.S. State Should You Live In?” While these tests are fun and can sometimes feel like an accurate depiction of one’s personality, they lack standardization, reliability, and validity. Clinical assessments are useful in gathering relevant information about a client’s experience and complaint. The information gathered must be accurate and helpful in informing diagnosis and treatment planning. This week you have the opportunity to review a sample clinical interview as well as take and critique two online psychological tests.
To prepare for this Discussion:
Review the assigned chapter in your textbook, paying close attention to sections on assessment reliability and validity as well as clinical interviews.
Read the Sample Unstructured Clinical Interview document and the Jones (2010) article provided in this week’s Learning Resources.
Visit the Queendom.com or Psychtests.com website and complete two tests.
By Day 3
Post a response to the following:
After reviewing the sample clinical interview and Jones (2010) article, describe which sections you feel are most critical to explore and why. Which do you feel are unnecessary? Why?
Compare and contrast the two tests selected in terms of reliability and validity.
Do you feel confident in the results of each test selected? Why or why not?
When considering the limitations of clinical interviews presented in your text, how do clinical tests fill the gaps in the diagnostic process?
Support your reply to a colleague’s post with at least one reference (textbook or other scholarly, empirical resources). You may state your opinion and/or provide personal examples; however, you must also back up your assertions with evidence (including in-text citations) from the source and provide a reference.