College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Introduction to the State-Of-The-Art Review Series: Research Contributions to Clinical Assessment

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 1994

Publication Title

Behavior Therapy

ISSN

0005-7894

Volume

25

Issue/No.

4

Abstract

This paper introduces the theme for the five State-of-the-Art Reviews (SOARs) that follow. Clinical assessment is presented as an integral part of any behavior therapy intervention. Seven components of assessment are outlined: initial diagnosis and assessment of the treatment context and the client's internal resources, assessment as part of treatment planning, assessment as a method of monitoring treatment progress, and assessment as a method of making decisions about treatment completion and checking on maintenance of treatment gains. Following this introduction, SOARs address assessment and treatment issues in the areas of substance abuse, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, and insomnia.

DOI

10.1016/S0005-7894(05)80198-4