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date: 18 February 2019

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Psychological assessment informs many domains, including education planning, psychological diagnosis, and counseling intervention. It involves the integration of various sources of information so that a complete view of the individual's functioning is developed. Not only are formal assessment measures important, but also informal observations and contextual variables are vital considerations in assessment interpretation and diagnostic conceptualization. This chapter discusses psychological assessment as it pertains to a specific contextual variable: social class. How social class influences assessment and corresponding intervention is discussed through the presentation of previous research and examples from clinical experience. The chapter concludes with a case study analysis that demonstrates how these concepts are applied in psychological assessment and intervention for children from low social class backgrounds.

Keywords: assessment, social class, counseling

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