A Cognitive-Behavior Modification Approach to Assessment

  • Donald Meichenbaum
Part of the The Springer Behavior Therapy Series book series (PBTS)

Abstract

Although one may disagree with Shapiro and Ravenette’s evaluation of the various tests cited, their quote does sensitize us to the need to develop more explicit ways of assessing our client’s affects, cognitions, and volitions. The present chapter conveys some preliminary attempts at developing this assessment armamentarium, which follow from a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach. Specifically, the present chapter has two purposes. The first is to examine various assessment strategies that have been employed to study psychological deficits. This analysis indicates some shortcomings and an alternative, namely a cognitive-functional analysis approach. The second purpose of the chapter is to describe specific techniques that can be employed to assess more directly the client’s cognitions. Let’s begin with an examination of the current assessment and research strategies.

Keywords

Problem Behavior Performance Deficit Internal Dialogue Specific Deficit Continuous Performance Task 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald Meichenbaum
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  1. 1.University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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