II. Assessment and Diagnosis: The DSM-IV and other tools
What is the DSM-IV?
The DSM-IVDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disordersis a widely used guide to mental disorders. It provides descriptions of these disorders, plus information about biological factors associated with them.
In what ways is the DSM-IV an improvement over earlier versions?
The DSM-IV rests on a firmer basis of published research than did earlier versions and directs increased attention to the role of cultural factors.
What assessment tools are used by psychologists in their efforts to accurately identify mental disorders?
Psychologists also use life records, assessment interviews, psychological tests, observations of behavior, and biological measures.
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