Multiple Choice: Read each question and select the correct answer.

Multiple Choice: Read each question and select the correct answer.


1.   A crisis interview would be appropriate to


a.      assess how family of origin influences a person’s ability to handle a crisis

b.      obtain a clearer understanding of a patient’s diagnosis

c.      assess whether a depressed client with frequent suicidal thoughts has formulated a detailed plan

d.      screen for a patient’s level of psychological functioning



2.   ________ testing uses ambiguous or unstructured testing stimuli to which a person responds freely to the testing stimuli. ________ is an example of this type of testing.


a.      Objective; MMPI

b.      Projective; TAT

c.      Functional; NEO-PI-R

d.      Intelligence; Stanford-Binet



3.   Which of the following is a multicultural issue for any of the psychological instruments customarily used in the United States?


a.      Level of acculturation

b.     Preconceived notions

c.      Theoretical orientation

d.     Distortion of information 



4.   An IQ test is given to a child on Tuesday. When given the test again on Thursday, the child’s scores differ significantly. This is an issue of


a.      functionality

b.      reliability

c.      observation

d.      reflection



5.   Sam, a 5th-grader, frequently gets aggressive when he is frustrated. His teacher has had to separate him from others to keep things from escalating. What would be the most effective approach to assess Sam’s behavior?

a.      Naturalistic observation

b.     Controlled observation

c.      Self-monitoring

d.     Functional analysis



6.   A potential limitation of a structured interview is that


a.      it does not allow the flexibility to tailor the experience to the individual needs of the person being interviewed

b.     questions are organized in a logical flow

c.      patients’ answers direct which additional questions they receive

d.     clinical judgment is minimized


7.   A potential limitation of an initial assessment is that


a.      the patient’s goal for treatment is identified

b.     the intake reveals a family history of mental illness

c.      sometimes the presenting problem or symptom is not the real problem

d.     someone with hallucinations may not have them during the assessment


8.   Anita, a 20-year-old college student, comes in for an evaluation. When the clinician asks her what brings her in for therapy, she answers, “I wanted to know how to get rid of the fairies in my dorm room. They come out every night, and their pixie dust makes me sneeze, so I can’t go to sleep.” Based on Anita’s answer, which of the following is the most appropriate tool to use for further assessment?

a.      Crisis interview

b.      Computer-based interview

c.      Self-monitoring

d.      Mental status interview


9.   Isaac is a single, 40-year-old male who runs his own business. Lately, he feels tired all the time, lacks motivation and appetite, and is not enthusiastic about anything. Based on his symptoms, which type of interview is most appropriate to use?

a.      Termination

b.      Crisis

c.      Mental status

d.      Diagnostic


10.   What is a risk factor when assessing for suicide?


a.      The type of questionnaire used

b.      Previous attempts

c.      Watching movies about suicide

d.      Maintaining an active social structure



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