the role of abuse and neglect in diagnosis and assessment the impact of personal biases and assumptions

For this Discussion, select a personal bias pertaining to the topic of abuse. As a future professional in the field, consider how personal biases may influence assessment and diagnosis.

Oregon Health Authority (OHA). (2012). Definitions of abuse. Retrieved from

Post a description of at least two personal biases you might have that may prevent you from accurately assessing and diagnosing cases of abuse and explain why. Finally, explain how you might address your personal bias to reduce errors in diagnosis. Justify your response with use of the Learning Resources and current literature. (500 words or more)

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources and current literature


  • American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing
    • Other Conditions That May Be a Focus of Clinical Attention
  • Blasko, K. A., Winek, J. L., & Bieschke, K. J. (2007). Therapists’ prototypical assessment of domestic violence situations. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 33(2), 258–269.
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  • Owens, G. P., & Chard, K. M. (2003). Comorbidity and psychiatric diagnoses among women reporting child sexual abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect, 27(9), 1075–1082.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Skowron, E. A., Kozlowski, J. M., & Pincus, A. L. (2010). Differentiation, self–other representations, and rupture–repair processes: Predicting child maltreatment risk. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 57(3), 304–316.
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