Discussion question on diagnosis of abuse, psychology homework help

Psychopathology and Counseling

Question Description

Generally, abuse is a term used to describe harmful treatment toward a person. This term may include physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, and neglect (OHA, 2012). Abuse may occur across the life span. Additionally, cases of abuse may not be unique to one particular race, gender, age, or economic class. As a result, the recognition of abuse might pose as challenging as the treatment. Psychologists may make assumptions about symptoms and patterns of abuse that may lead to errors in assessment and diagnosis.

For this Discussion, select a personal bias pertaining to the topic of abuse. As a future professional in the field, consider how personal biases may influence assessment and diagnosis.

Oregon Health Authority (OHA). (2012). Definitions of abuse. Retrieved from

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a description of at least two personal biases you might have that may prevent you from accurately assessing and diagnosing cases of abuse and explain why. Finally, explain how you might address your personal bias to reduce errors in diagnosis. Justify your response with use of the Learning Resources and current literature.

Final Answer


Bias in Diagnosis of Abuse Outline
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Discussion on two personal biases
Ways of addressing the personal biases

Running head: PERSONAL BIAS


Bias in Diagnosis of Abuse
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Bias in Diagnosis of Abuse

Bias in diagnosis can be defined as an error in judgment that psychologists, clinicians, or
counselors make in the process of collecting and interpreting information (Garb, 1997).
Diagnostic bias can also be defined as the differential prevalence of false-positive and/or falsenegatives in diagnoses (Garb, 1997). Clinicians and counselors should avoid personal bias in
assessment and diagnosis of abuse because it has deleterious on the diagnostic outcomes and
management of the client.
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