The Assessment Process

  • Kirtland C. Peterson
  • Maurice F. Prout
  • Robert A. Schwarz
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Before moving to the specific assessment process of PTSD, let us place this particular disorder in the context of evaluation in general. Before clinicians can go about making the detailed diagnostic assessment that will be discussed momentarily, they must be sensitized to the possibility that a patient might suffer from a trauma-related disorder.


Ptsd Symptom Assessment Process Antisocial Personality Disorder Rape Victim Ptsd Patient 
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  1. 9.
    A color-form response is based primarily on color aspects of the blot, and also includes some reference to form (Exner, 1974).Google Scholar
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    The human movement response is scored when the person sees human activity in the blot (Exner, 1974).Google Scholar
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    Early morning awakening with difficulty returning to sleep.Google Scholar
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    The F-scale is generally thought of as a measure of subjects’ tendency to exaggerate the difficulties they are experiencing. High scores, above 90, represent malingering or a plea for help or random responding (Greene, 1980 ).Google Scholar
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    These categories are often cited by other authors as well.Google Scholar
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    We would like to acknowledge Jan Grossman, Ph. D., and Rae May-bon, J.D., for their help in delineating the issues in this section.Google Scholar
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    The alpha level is the probability criterion that is set ahead of time for rejecting the null hypothesis. In the social sciences an alpha level of 0.05 is the minimum criterion. This means that if the chance of the outcome is 1 in 20 or less, it is probably not due to chance.Google Scholar
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    We would like to thank Jan Grossman, Ph. D., for describing this line of questioning.Google Scholar
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    The implication of this sentence is to try yet fail.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kirtland C. Peterson
    • 1
  • Maurice F. Prout
    • 2
  • Robert A. Schwarz
    • 2
  1. 1.Staub-Peterson: Consultation, Training, Development, Inc.GreensboroUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Graduate Clinical PsychologyWidener UniversityChesterUSA

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