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The Influence of Psychological Assessment Language On Counselor Trainees' Evaluations of Client Characteristics


Psychological assessments contain important diagnostic information and are central to therapeutic service delivery. Therapists' personal biases, invalid cognitive schemas, and emotional reactions can be expressed in the language of the assessments they compose, causing clients to be cast in an unfavorable light. Logically, the opinions of subsequent therapists may then be influenced by reading these assessments, resulting in negative attitudes toward clients, inaccurate diagnoses, adverse experiences for clients, and poor therapeutic outcomes. However, little current research exists that addresses this issue. This study analyzed the degree to which strength-based, deficit-based, and neutral language used in psychological ... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Scott, Angela N. (Author) / Kinnier, Richard (Advisor) / Homer, Judith (Committee member) / Kurpius, Sharon (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Counseling psychology / Clinical psychology / Communication / Assessment / Bias / Community counseling / Counselor education / Diagnosis / Therapy
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 60 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Counseling 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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