The a priori approach to psychological assessment

Michael P. Carey, Lydia V. Flasher, Stephen A. Maisto, Ira D. Turkat

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The a priori approach to psychological assessment advocates the selection of specific tests or the construction of clinical experiments that can serve to validate on a priori case formulation. The advantages of the a priori approach are discussed, and the 4 steps involved in its application are outlined: the initial interview, case formulation, validation, and development of a treatment plan. Illustrative cases of a 22-yr-old obese, diabetic woman and a 52-yr-old man with hypersensitivity to criticism are presented. (28 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)515-527
Number of pages13
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1984
Externally publishedYes


  • 52 yr old hypersensitive male
  • the a priori approach to psychological assessment, 22 yr old obese diabetic female &

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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