Chapter 2

Classification & Assessment in Clinical Psychology

Set E

Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE)

A structured test that takes 10 minutes to administer and can provide reliable information on a client's overall levels of cognitive and mental functioning.

Mixed Anxiety-Depression Disorder

An example of a hybrid disorder whereby people exhibit symptoms of both anxiety and depression, yet do not meet the threshold for either an anxiety or a depression diagnosis.

Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)

The most well-known of the personality inventories used by clinical psychologists and psychiatrists.

Predictive Validity

The degree to which an assessment method is able to help the clinician predict future behaviour and future symptoms.

Projective Tests

A group of tests usually consisting of a standard fixed set of stimuli that are presented to the clients, but which are ambiguous enough for clients to put their own interpretation on what the stimuli represent.

Mild Neuro-cognitive Disorder

DSM-5 has introduced disorder categories that are designed to identify populations that are at risk for future mental health problems, and these include Mild Neurocognitive Disorder, which diagnoses cognitive decline in the elderly.

MMPI Profile

A graph providing a distinctive profile indicating the client's general personality features, potential psychopathology and emotional needs taken from the results of the MMPI.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

A neuroimaging technique which scans to allow measurement of both brain structure and function by utilizing radiation emitted from the participant to develop images.