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Give two possible benefits and two possible risks when using personality assessment results to inform diagnosis. Then explain at least one ethical and one multicultural consideration to take into account when using personality assessment results to inform diagnosis. What do the the ACA Code of Ethics and the AMCD Multicultural Counseling Competencies say in respect to diagnosis?

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On Personality Assessment

Nowadays, personality assessment instruments are familiar and necessary tools in counseling practice. There are many types and the most common is a self-report inventory, also known as an objective personality test, wherein individuals can take the test on their own, with or without supervision. The idea is for them to answer each item, carefully crafted to delve and reveal elements about aspects and states of the person's personality, decision-making, thinking and inner world. An example of this is a Likert scale as well as the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) - Likert scales determine attitude while MMPI is used to determine if a person has psychological issues/problems. These tests are essential because of the functions (pros) they do - they help counselors and psychologists in determining the problems ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) of discussing risks and benefits of doing personality assessments. Ethical and multicultural considerations are also included including a discussion of the impact of ACA and AMCD codes in relation to doing a diagnosis. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.