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Criminal/Legal History You should note any history of legal problems. It is absolutely necessary to assess past legal involvement, including whether or not the individual is on probation or parole, because this will inform how best to proceed with the assessment. For example, a detailed history of criminal behavior could support a potential hypothesis of antisocial or even psychopathic traits. As such, you would want to make sure to design the testing battery to assess those traits speciﬁcally.
This constitutes the “mystical” step in which, somehow, all the data collected coalesce into a coherent, concise description of an entire person. indd 9 11/3/10 9:33:01 PM 10 conducting psychological assessment a major focus of this text is to help assessors understand this process clearly. In the hypothesis testing model, this step is where test results and behavioral observations are combined with clinical assessment data to address each of the hypotheses. Every hypothesis generated should be addressed by the testing process.
The Case of David (p. 18) will illustrate how the clinical interview can unfold. History of Presenting Problem The assessor should always work to develop a detailed history of the problem, including when it began (date of onset); if there was a precipitating event; how continuous or intermittent the problem has been (what has been its course), including when and how it got worse or better during 1 For detailed discussions on assessment of dangerousness, see Craig, Browne, Hogue, and Stringer (2004) and J.
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