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Essentials of Assessment Report Writing

Essentials of Assessment Report Writing

Elizabeth O. Lichtenberger, Nancy Mather, Nadeen L. Kaufman, Alan S. Kaufman

ISBN: 978-1-118-42887-0

Jun 2012

304 pages



Instructive guide to preparing informative and accurate assessment reports for a variety of individuals and settings

Assessment reports are central to the diagnostic process and are used to inform parents, clients, and clinicians, among others, about academic problems, personality functioning, neuropsychological strengths and weaknesses, behavioral problems, and the like. Essentials of Assessment Report Writing provides handy, quick-reference information, using the popular Essentials format, for preparing effective assessment reports.

This book is designed to help busy mental health professionals quickly acquire the knowledge and skills they need to write effective psychological assessment reports. Each concise chapter features numerous callout boxes highlighting key concepts, bulleted points, and extensive illustrative material, as well as test questions that help you gauge and reinforce your grasp of the information covered.

This practical guide focuses on efficiently and effectively communicating referral and background information, appearance and behavioral observations, test results and interpretation, summary and diagnostic impressions, and treatment recommendations. The authors provide examples of both good and bad case report writing and highlight ethical issues and topics relevant to presenting feedback. Essentials of Assessment Report Writing is the only pocket reference illustrating how to prepare an effective assessment report.

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Series Preface.

One: Introduction and Overview.

Two: Technical Aspects of Writing.

Three: Referral and Background Information.

Four: Behavioral Observations.

Five: Test Results and Interpretation.

Six: Diagnostic Impressions Summary.

Seven: Personality Assessment (by Rita W. McCleary).

Eight: Recommendations.

Nine: Special Issues in Report Writing.

Ten: Illustrative Case Reports.

Appendix: Information About Tests Cited in the Text.


Annotated Bibliography.


  • Alan and Nadeen Kaufman are the series editors of Essentials of Psychological Assessment and the developers of many psychological assessment instruments. Nancy Mather is a well-recognized school psychologist and coauthor of the WJ III® Tests of Achievement. All 4 authors have written numerous Essentials books.
  • Part of the popular Essentials of Psychological Assessment series
  • Features quick-reference boxes, case examples, and "Test Yourself" questions
  • Practical, step-by-step guide to creating accurate and effective assessment reports