The person in question is Aileen Wuornos
Gathering Collateral Information
Each assignment in this course will help you prepare your Final
Paper. For all assignments, you will use the movie character or
historical figure that you used in your Week Two assignment and selected
in your Week One journal.
After gathering your patient’s history, it is considered good
practice to contact people who interact with the patient on a regular
basis and/or are related to the patient. These people often provide
valuable insights into the patient’s behavior(s) and mindset. Typically,
the gathered information provides a context for the patient’s
For this assignment, you will write another section of your Final
Paper. View the complete instructions for the Final Paper in the link
within Week Five of your online course or the “Components of Course
Evaluation” section of this guide. Your assignment this week must
cover the following section of your psychological report and include the
heading as listed:
- Collateral Within this section, you will
interpret specific collateral information as it relates to your
patient’s abnormal behavior and behavior patterns. You will also
integrate information and knowledge regarding the patient’s culture in
your evaluation of the maladaptive behavior as reported by the
Typically, this section within a psychological report seeks to
answer the following questions (further elaboration within this section
is encouraged where possible):
- What do other people have to say about the patient’s behavior?
- Are there any commonalities between the collateral sources’ reports?
- Do the collateral sources have any psychological issues that might exacerbate the patient’s problems?
- Are there any police reports?
- Are there any personality testing or intelligence testing reports available?
Your assignment should be a minimum of one page and include
sufficient depth and detail to support and inform your diagnostic
impression. A title page is not necessary; however, a reference page
must be included. A cursory or surface level investigation of the
patient’s interpersonal relationships will not provide enough
information for your diagnostic impression. If no collateral information
is available, create collateral information on your own to inform your
Any sources used in the paper must be cited and referenced in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.