Cognitive assessment in behavioral medicine

Paul Karoly

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This article suggests conceptual and procedural limits on a strict operant approach to assessment in behavioral medicine. Several areas of concern to physicians and psychologists are discussed, highlighting the potential role of cognitive assessment methods. These areas include: pain, placebo, and expectancy effects, coping strategies, compliance/noncompliance with medical recommendations, self-regulatory disorders, and the broad domains of prediction and prevention. It is concluded that methods of gauging potentially important perceptual, evaluational, motivational, or stylistic mediators of health, illness, and response to medical treatment should be validated and included among the tools of the clinical assessor in behavioral medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-434
Number of pages14
JournalClinical Psychology Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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