Assessing Impairment: From Theory to Practice

Hardcover | June 24, 2009

EditorSam Goldstein, Jack A. Naglieri

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Impairment and disability are widely used terms, yet considerable disagreement exists as to their relationship-especially when impairment means different things to different professionals in the fields of mental health, medicine, and education. Although diagnostic criteria for various disorders are clearly detailed in the DSM-IV and elsewhere, criteria for impairment remain elusive. And patients with severe limitations but minimal symptoms, or the reverse, further complicate the discussion.The first in-depth treatment of the theory, definition, and evaluation of this core concept, Assessing Impairment: From Theory to Practice cuts through the confusion and cross-talk. Leading scholars and clinicians offer a robust evidence base for a much-needed reconceptualization of impairment within the context of diagnosis and disability, arguing for a wide-ranging quality-of-life perspective. This contextual approach to assessment goes beyond mere symptom counting, resulting in more accurate diagnosis, targeted interventions, and improved patient functioning.Within this concise but comprehensive volume, coverage focuses on key areas including:Current conceptualizations from the DSM-IV and other medical models. Methodologies for measuring symptom severity and impairment.Social/behavioral issues, such as resilience, adaptive behaviors, and family environment.Developmental issues across the life span.Legal and ethical questions and civil rights issues.Impairment and disability as they relate to trauma.The interdisciplinary model proposed in Assessing Impairment gives clinicians vital tools for working with the unique limitations and strengths of every patient. Child, school, and educational psychologists will find it particularly useful, given the critical importance of early detection and the complexity of young people's lives.

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Impairment and disability are widely used terms, yet considerable disagreement exists as to their relationship-especially when impairment means different things to different professionals in the fields of mental health, medicine, and education. Although diagnostic criteria for various disorders are clearly detailed in the DSM-IV and el...

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Impairment and disability are widely used terms, yet considerable disagreement exists as to their relationship-especially when impairment means different things to different professionals in the fields of mental health, medicine, and education. Although diagnostic criteria for various disorders are clearly detailed in the DSM-IV and el...

Sam Goldstein, Ph.D. is a doctoral level psychologist with areas of study in school psychology, child development and neuropsychology. He is licensed as a psychologist and certified as a developmental disabilities evaluator in the State of Utah. Dr. Goldstein is a Fellow in the National Academy of Neuropsychology and American Academy o...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 0.94 × 0.72 × 0.09 inPublished:June 24, 2009Publisher:Springer USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387875417

ISBN - 13:9780387875415

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Defining the Evolving Concept of Impairment.- Measuring Symptoms and Symptom Severity.- The Role of Situational Problems in Assessing Impairment.- The Relationship of Adaptive Behavior to Impairment.- Measuring Impairment.- The Medical Model of Impairment.- The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Association Model of Impairment.- Measuring Impairment in Disability: Legal and Ethical Ramifications (Gordon, et al.).- Impairment in Children and Adolescents.- Impairment in Adults.- Impairment in Geriatrics.- Impairment in Special Populations.- Concluding Remarks.

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From the reviews:"The editors have done an excellent job of compiling a series of relatively brief contributions covering a range of topics on impairment-from conceptualization to psychometric issues to impairment in child, geriatric, and clinical populations. . this text should be mandatory reading for all trainee psychologists. I would strongly recommend it to others working in the mental health field. . I think this text will be of tremendous value and . will set the standard for future discussions on the topic." (Julian J. Dooley, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 55 (25), June, 2010)