Psychological reports: a guide to report writing in professional psychology

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J. Wiley, 1997 - Fiction - 209 pages
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Provides a systematic approach to writing psychological reports for optimal clarity, thoroughness, and impact

A clinical report should have all the clarity and precision of a military dispatch. Unfortunately, as anyone who deals with psychological reports knows, this is almost never the case. Extensive research has shown that with most psychologist's reports, there is a dangerously wide gap between author intent and reader interpretation. Since the quality of clinical reports can have a direct bearing on the quality of care a client receives --especially in an age of managed care --it is essential that psychologists arm themselves with a systematic approach to creating reports that in structure, content, and style have the utmost clarity, thoroughness, and utility. Psychological Reports, Third Edition, provides them with such an approach.

The book begins with a theory-based analysis of report-writing problems, which is then used to construct a framework for identifying and correcting them. A valuable working resource for practicing psychologists and psychotherapists, Psychological Reports, Third Edition, is also must reading for students and psychologists-in-training.

A complete guide to writing effective reports for a variety of contexts
* Updated to correspond to recent changes in the DSM-IV
* Includes practice exercises that help readers build report-writing skills
* Features sample reports representing a wide range of applications.

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Contents

Research on Reports
11
The Implicit Contract Between Reader
35
The Expository Process Model
49
Copyright

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About the author (1997)

RAYMOND L. OWNBY, M.D., Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Miami School of Medicine, where he also serves as Coordinator of the department's Cognitive Neuroscience Program. Dr. Ownby has received numerous professional awards and is the author of Psychological Reports (all three editions), as well as many journal articles.

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