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Cognitive and Psychosocial Assessment, Social Class, and Counseling

Megan Foley Nicpon

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Class in Counseling

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780195398250
Published online May 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398250.013.0006

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Cognitive and Psychosocial Assessment, Social Class, and Counseling

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Psychological assessment informs many domains, including education planning, psychological diagnosis, and counseling intervention. It involves the integration of various sources of information so that a complete view of the individual's functioning is developed. Not only are formal assessment measures important, but also informal observations and contextual variables are vital considerations in assessment interpretation and diagnostic conceptualization. This chapter discusses psychological assessment as it pertains to a specific contextual variable: social class. How social class influences assessment and corresponding intervention is discussed through the presentation of previous research and examples from clinical experience. The chapter concludes with a case study analysis that demonstrates how these concepts are applied in psychological assessment and intervention for children from low social class backgrounds.

Keywords: assessment; social class; counseling

Article.  11344 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing ; Developmental Psychology

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