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date: 24 February 2020

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Psychological assessment is a key aspect of professional practice and one that distinguishes psychology from other disciplines. Reporting the results of assessments is thus an important professional function, but surveys suggest that many consumers of reports are dissatisfied. Three concepts from psycholinguistics are particularly relevant to writing clinical reports: the given-new contract, coherence, and cohesion. This article reviews problems with psychological reports and discusses the expository process model, which uses insights from basic psycholinguistic research to inform reporting practices.

Keywords: psychological reports, psycholinguistics, given-new contract, expository process model, coherence, cohesion, psychological assessment, clinical reports

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