Models of Abnormality Part 1 – Clinical Assessment Assignment Part 2

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Clinical Assessment Assignment:  Part 1 On one word DOC.

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Mr. and Mrs. Lawson brought their 4-year-old adopted daughter, Clara, to see Dr. Mason, a psychiatrist. Clara was polite in greeting Dr. Mason, but did not smile and kept her gaze down as she took a seat. Mr. and Mrs. Lawson sat next to Clara and began explaining their concerns. They described Clara as a quiet child who has recently begun throwing temper tantrums, during which she is inconsolable. Her sleep and eating patterns have changed, and she no longer wants to go to preschool.

Create a brief response to each of the following questions:


  • What other information would you like to learn during the interview with the family? What questions would you ask?
  • In addition to the clinical interview, what other clinical assessment tools should you consider? Why?
  • Although you need more information to begin treatment, what factors might you take into consideration in designing an effective intervention for this family?
  • If you were preparing to diagnose Clara, you would refer to the DSM-IV classification system to evaluate her condition on five separate axes. What type of information would go into each axis? You are not asked to enter a diagnosis, only describe the kind of information that would be entered in each axis.
  • Do you think that diagnosing Clara would be beneficial or harmful? Explain why.


      Models of Abnormality Part 2 on different word DOC.



Psychologists use several different models to explain abnormal behavior. These different models have created shifts in values and beliefs as well as improvements in clinical research. These differences in ideas mean that the different models are sometimes in conflict with one another. People who follow one model often point out where another model fails in its interpretations, investigations, and treatment methods.


Read the brief profile of Willard and follow the directions to complete the chart:


Willard is an angry man. He often gets his way by bullying and berating others.


The following is a list of proposed causes for Willard’s behavior. Each cause was presented by a psychologist with a different theoretical perspective. Match the psychologist to the cause he or she is likely to present and to the treatment he or she is most likely to recommend.


Psychologists:              Dr. Smith, Biologist

                                    Dr. Mullen, Psychoanalyst

                                    Dr. James, Behaviorist

                                    Dr. Allen, Cognitivist

                                    Dr. Bates, Humanist

                                    Dr. Frank, Socioculturist


Treatments:                   Medication

                                    Community treatment

                                    Client-centered therapy

                                    Challenging dysfunctional thoughts

                                    Operant conditioning

                                    Free association and catharsis

Proposed Cause



Willard has been rewarded for his bullying behavior.



Willard is genetically predisposed to bullying others.



Willard’s toilet training was harsh.



Willard is influenced by the commonly held view that men must be aggressive in order to succeed.



Willard assumes that if he does not assert himself first, he will appear to be a failure to others.



Willard has a low sense of self-worth, probably stemming from conditional love in childhood.


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