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Psychological assessments and roles

PSYC3301 - Psychology & Law

4 Pages Partial Study Notes Year: Pre-2018

Psychological Assessments and Roles: Forensic vs. Clinical 1/04/2014 12:19 PM Definition • Clinical o Psychological analysis method carried out for therapeutic purposes o To establish a diagnosis for the mental state of the patient o Plan for their diagnosis, care and treatment • Forensic o Psychological assessment that is required by a court of law o To establish their mental capacity to stand for trial (Ballack, 1980) Assessment • Similarities o Based on the same field of psychology ! Therefore, also dependent on psychological theories and specialists to carry out assessments o Aim ! Assessment of the mental condition of an individual o Personal direct contact ! Previous studies discovered both psychological ailments are caused by physical ailments " Eg main cause of insomnia due to painful headaches experienced at night have been found to be caused by straining eye muscles due to poor vision o Both include: ! Social and biographical information ! Direct observations ! Data from specific psychological tests

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