Writing Clinical Reports

Raymond L. Ownby

in Oxford Handbook of Personality Assessment

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195366877
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Writing Clinical Reports

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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

Article.  6438 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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