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Psychological Testing and Assessment: An Introduction To Tests and Measurement, 5/e
Ronald Jay Cohen
Mark Swerdlik

Clinical and Counseling Assessment

Multiple Choice Quiz

Choose the best answer to each question based on material presented in Psychological Testing and Assessment, 5th Edition by Ronald Cohen and Mark Swerdlik. These questions only sample material from the chapter; there is much more to know than sampled here.


Counseling psychology differs from clinical psychology in that
A)it is more concerned with the treatment of inpatients
B)it is more concerned with severe behavior pathology.
C)it is more concerned with everyday problems in living.
D)all of the above.

Clinical psychologists and counseling psychologists
A)have in common the fostering of personal growth.
B)use many of the same tools of assessment.
C)both receive training in assessment and therapy.
D)all of the above.

Which is NOT the type of question typically addressed by clinical assessment?
A)What is this person's diagnosis?
B)What type of intervention might be optimal?
C)Does this person have executive potential?
D)Does this person need to be hospitalized?

A counseling psychologist is presented with a student who complains of being unable to study. Which tool of assessment would probably be of greatest assistance in terms of better understanding the problem?
A)The Rorschach.
D)Role play.

Managed care has impacted clinical assessment
A)in a positive way, freeing up funds for evaluation.
B)in a negative way, denying funds for evaluation.
C)in neither a positive or a negative way to date.
D)only as it affects psychiatrists and other physicians.

Axis III of DSM-IV-TR subsumes disorders such as
B)Alzheimer's disease.
C)marital problems.
D)migraine headache.

An alternative to a hypnotic interview is
A)face-to-face dialogue.
B)the cognitive interview.
C)the stress interview.
D)the structured interview.

Which is NOT a variable on the checklist of variables that are assessed in a typical mental status examination?

Which is NOT a part of a standard battery?
A)An intelligence test.
B)A personality test.
C)A test to survey values.
D)A test to screen for neurological deficit.

The Millon tests are a series of diagnostic instruments that have at their foundation two dimensions. One has to do with ways of gaining satisfaction and avoiding stress, and the other has to do with
A)the presence or absence of psychopathology.
B)overall coping pattern.
C)optimismistic outlook.
D)introversion versus extraversion.

Experts in forensic psychological assessment are called upon to testify in matters relating to
A)dangerousness to oneself or others.
B)competency to stand trial.
C)criminal responsibility.
D)all of the above.

A lawyer argues to a court, "My client did not know right from wrong at the time the act was committed and should therefore be found not guilty on the basis of insanity." This argument hails back to the case of
D)all of the above.

In evaluating a possible case of child abuse involving an injury to the face it is useful to know that in most veritable accidents
A)both sides of the face have been injured.
B)only one side of the face has been injured.
C)the child will claim that the injuries were his/her fault.
D)the adult will claim that the injuries were the child's fault.

Which test is used to measure personality traits that often serve as pathways to substance abuse?
A)The Addiction Potential Scale.
B)The Situational Competency Test.
C)The Addiction Severity Index.
D)The Cocaine Risk Response Test.

The "Barnum effect" is a reference to
A)testimony given by "hired guns" in forensic assessment situations.
B)empty promises made by clinicians prior to evaluation.
C)vague personality descriptions applicable to most anyone.
D)insufficient demographic data provided in psychological reports.