Clinician's Handbook of Adult Behavioral Assessment

Edited by

  • Michel Hersen, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon, U.S.A.

Given the vast amount of research related to behavioral assessment, it is difficult for clinicians to keep abreast of new developments. In recent years, there have been advances in assessment, case conceptualization, treatment planning, treatment strategies for specific disorders, and considerations of new ethical and legal issues. Keeping track of advances requires monitoring diverse resources limited to specific disorders, many of which are theoretical rather than practical, or that offer clinical advice without providing the evidence base for treatment recommendations. This handbook was created to fill this gap, summarizing critical information for adult behavioral assessment. The Clinician’s Handbook of Adult Behavioral Assessment provides a single source for understanding new developments in this field, cutting across strategies, techniques, and disorders. Assessment strategies are presented in context with the research behind those strategies, along with discussions of clinical utility, and how assessment and conceptualization fit in with treatment planning. The volume is organized in three sections, beginning with general issues, followed by evaluations of specific disorders and problems, and closing with special issues. To ensure cross chapter consistency in the coverage of disorders, these chapters are formatted to contain an introduction, assessment strategies, research basis, clinical utility, conceptualization and treatment planning, a case study, and summary. Special issue coverage includes computerized assessment, evaluating older adults, behavioral neuropsychology, ethical-legal issues, work-related issues, and value change in adults with acquired disabilities. Suitable for beginning and established clinicians in practice, this handbook will provide a ready reference toward effective adult behavioral assessment.
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Clinician's in private and group practice, researchers in Behavioral Assessment and libraries with a clinical and counseling psychology focus.


Book information

  • Published: November 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-343013-7


"Overall, then, I was impressed by this text. It provides a remarkably up-to-date overview of a vast and ever-expanding literature, and the authors, editor, and upblisher are to be commended in achieving essential reference source for trainee clinicans, researchers, and practitioners" - Robert J. Edelmann for PsycCRITIQUES, August 30, 2006 Vol. 51 (35), Article 5

Table of Contents

Table of ContentsClinician’s Handbook of Adult Behavior AssessmentPart I: General Issues1. Overview of Behavioral Assessment with Adults William O’Donohue, Michelle Byrd, Kendra K. Beitz2. Psychometric Considerations Stephen Haynes3. Analogue and Virtual Reality Assessment Johan Rosqvist, Kirsten Cullen, Chelsea Maclane, Dani Maack, Alecia Sundsmo 4. Behavioral Interviewing Steven L. Sayers5. Activity Measurement Warren Tryon6. Structured and Semi-Structured Interviews Daniel Segal7. Self Assessment Sandra F. Sigmon8. Psychophysiological Assessment Kevin LarkinPart II: Evaluation of Specific Disorders and Problems9. Anxiety and Fear Dudley McGlynn 10. Depression Paula Truax, Aaron Tritch, Barb Carver 11. Social Skill Deficits Stefan Hofmann, Alicia E. Meuret12. Eating Disorders Don Williamson, Tiffany Stewart13. Alcohol and Drug Abuse Peter Miller14. Marital Dysfunction Gary Birchler, William Fals-Stewart15. Sexual Deviation Nathaniel McConaghy16. Psychotic Behavior Nirbhay Singh17. Aggressive Behavior Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling18. Sleep Dysfunction Shawn Currie19. Borderline Personality Soonie Kim, Tracy JendritzaPart III: Special Issues20. Computerized Assessment David C. S. Richard, Andrew Gloster21. Evaluating Older Adults Barry Edelstein22. Behavioral Neuropsychology Michael Franzen23. Ethical-Legal Issues William Fremouw24. Assessment of Work-Related Issues Derek Hopko25. Assessment of Value Change in Adults with Acquired Disabilities Elias Mpofu, Thomas Oakland