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Avaliação Psicológica

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TAVARES, Marcelo. Preliminary Considerations for Conducting a Psychological Assessment. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2012, vol.11, n.3, pp. 321-334. ISSN 1677-0471.

This paper examines aspects of psychological assessment that require attention before the testing with specific psychological examination techniques in clinical settings. As a complex phenomenon, it is a product of several converging factors. As such, the assessment will be influenced by the demand (explicit or implicit), by its formulation, by the understanding the evaluator makes of it and by the objectives he sets for the evaluation. Institutional aspects can interfere and affect the process. The result will be significantly influenced by the meaning the subject gives to the assessment, by the context of one´s life and by the quality of one´s relationship with the evaluator. Finally, the influence of the evaluator’s personal characteristics is examined. It is expected that the recognition of these factors can lead to more satisfactory results, especially if highlighted in supervision during training in psychological assessment.

Keywords : psychological assessment; psychodiagnosis; projective techniques; clinical interview.

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