Abstract and Keywords
This article provides a framework for integrating gender-relevant issues with practical procedures for the psychological assessment of women in clinical practice. It reviews some historical and current approaches to gender in the clinical-assessment process, and offers suggestions for information-collection strategies that acknowledge the influence of gender-related variables on women's psychological health and well-being. The article discusses some of the concerns and research associated with gender bias in assessment, evidence for the influence of bias in the diagnostic process, and the important role of gender in selected clinically relevant topics. Finally, it describes assessment strategies with women clients based on five themes, one of which is that women in all groups are at risk for repeated experiences of interpersonal violence and sexual abuse, which have significant and specific effects on their psychological health. The article deals primarily with assessment for the purposes of intervention and treatment, but many of the concepts presented are of importance in the consideration of gender variables in forensic and other types of evaluations.
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