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Assessing Acute Traumatic Stress Symptoms  

Richard A. Bryant

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Feb 2012
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Nov 2012
There is significant change in acute stress reactions in the weeks after exposure to a traumatic event, which raises challenges for assessing the responses in the acute posttraumatic ... More

Assessing Adolescent Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse  

Ken Winters, Tamara Fahnhorst, Andria Botzet, Randy Stinchfield, and Ali Nicholson

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Mar 2016
This chapter addresses several assessment and measurement issues relevant to adolescent drug abuse. Both researchers and clinicians working with youth suspected of problems associated with ... More

Assessing Change of Cognitive Trajectories Over Time in Later Life  

Dustin B. Hammers, Kevin Duff, and Gordon J. Chelune

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Oct 2014
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Jun 2014
This chapter describes methods of evaluating cognitive change over time using evidence-based practices in the field of clinical neuropsychology. While doing so, a description of cognitive ... More

Assessing Comorbidity, Insight, Family and Functioning in OCD  

Christine Purdon

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2012
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a complex and debilitating disorder that has a high degree of comorbidity and functional impairment, and significant impact on the family. The ... More

Assessing Couples  

Douglas K. Snyder, Richard E. Heyman, and Stephen N. Haynes

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Jul 2009
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Sep 2012
Couple distress has a high prevalence as well as high comorbidity with a broad range of emotional, behavioral, and physical health problems. Marriage and relationship problems also ... More

Assessing Hoarding and Related Phenomena  

Jessica R. Grisham and Alishia D. Williams

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Jan 2014
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Feb 2014
The assessment of hoarding has evolved over the past two decades to more appropriately capture its key features and associated phenomena. The authors describe a comprehensive and ... More

Assessing OCD Symptoms and Severity  

Nicole M. Dorfan and Sheila R. Woody

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2012
This chapter describes methods and tools for assessing obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The chapter outlines the purposes of assessment and discusses special challenges presented by ... More

Assessing PTSD Symptoms  

Michelle J. Bovin and Frank W. Weathers

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Feb 2012
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Nov 2012
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious and prevalent mental disorder that poses a number of significant challenges for accurate assessment and diagnosis. In this chapter we ... More

Assessing PTSD-related Functional Impairment and Quality of Life  

Darren W. Holowka and Brian P. Marx

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Feb 2012
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Nov 2012
Previous research has shown that PTSD is associated with impairments in functioning across a variety of domains and decrements in quality of life. In this chapter, we review the literature ... More

Assessing Trauma-related Symptoms in Children and Adolescents  

Sonja March, Alexandra De Young, Belinda Dow, and Justin Kenardy

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Feb 2012
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Nov 2012
The literature concerning the assessment of posttrauma reactions is well developed for adults, but this is not so for children and adolescents, especially young children. This chapter ... More

Assessment and Treatment of Intermittent Explosive Disorder  

Michael S. McCloskey, Mitchell E. Berman, and Kurtis Noblett

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2012
Intermittent explosive disorder (IED), a DSM-IV-TR disorder characterized by significant acts of aggression and violence, is being increasingly recognized as a prevalent and chronic ... More

Assessment and Treatment of Kleptomania  

Jon E. Grant, Brian L. Odlaug, and Suck Won Kim

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2012
Kleptomania, a disabling impulse control disorder, is characterized by repetitive and uncontrollable theft of items that are of little if any use. Kleptomania often goes undiagnosed or is ... More

Assessment and Treatment of Pathological Gambling  

Hermano Tavares

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2012
As gambling becomes more popular, more people will be exposed to it; thus, the prevalence of and demand for gambling-related treatments are expected to increase. Pathological gambling (PG) ... More

Assessment and Treatment of Pathological Skin Picking  

Jedidiah Siev, Hannah E. Reese, Kiara Timpano, and Sabine Wilhelm

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2012
Pathological skin picking (PSP) refers to chronic skin picking or scratching that causes tissue damage and distress. It is a heterogeneous category of behaviors and may be ... More

Assessment and Treatment of Problem Internet Use  

Kimberly Young

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2012
Research over the last decade has identified Internet addiction as a new and often unrecognized clinical disorder that impacts a user’s ability to control online use to the extent that it ... More

Assessment and Treatment of Pyromania  

Jon E. Grant and Brian L. Odlaug

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2012
Pyromania, also referred to as pathological fire setting, is a disorder defined by the deliberate and purposeful fire setting that has occurred on more than one occasion and that cannot be ... More

Assessment Instruments for Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders  

Alexis K. Matusiewicz, Brady Reynolds, and Carl W. Lejuez

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2012
This chapter provides a review of measures used to assess the impulse control disorders (ICDs) included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed., DSM-IV) and ... More

Assessment of Anxiety Disorders  

Jennifer L. Harrington and Martin M. Antony

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Sep 2008
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Sep 2012
Psychological assessment of anxiety disorders is important in both clinical and research settings. This chapter reviews the various purposes of assessment, discusses issues related to ... More

Assessment of Clients in Pretreatment Planning  

T. Mark Harwood and Larry E. Beutler

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Jul 2009
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Sep 2012
Pretreatment planning is an essential element in psychotherapy. Constraints imposed by managed care, efficiency-of-treatment/cost-effectiveness issues, and increased likelihood of change ... More

Assessment of Nonsuicidal Self-Injury  

E. David Klonsky and Stephen P. Lewis

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Jun 2014
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Jul 2014
This chapter provides guidance regarding the assessment of nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI). Assessors are encouraged to enhance rapport through “respectful curiosity” and a “low-key, ... More

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