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(p. 435) Schizophrenia 

(p. 435) Schizophrenia
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(p. 435) Schizophrenia
Author(s):

Shirley M. Glynn

, and Kim T. Mueser

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190492243.003.0020
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date: 17 September 2019

Abstract: Schizophrenia is a major mental illness characterized by psychosis, apathy and social withdrawal, and cognitive impairment, which often results in impaired functioning in the areas of work, school, parenting, self-care, independent living, interpersonal relationships, and leisure time. This chapter focuses on the assessment of schizophrenia in adults. It begins with a review of the nature of the disorder, which is followed by a review of clinical assessment instruments designed for the assessment purposes of (a) diagnosis, (b) case conceptualization and treatment planning, and (c) treatment monitoring and evaluation. Recommendations are included for instruments with the greatest scientific support and for assessing schizophrenia in a clinically sensitive manner.

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