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Clinical Assessment of Child and Adolescent Personality and Behavior

Frick, Paul J., Barry, Christopher T., Kamphaus, Randy W.

3rd ed. 2010, XI, 500 p. With 2010.

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  • Serves specifically as a text for training psychology graduate students in the elementary principles of assessment and diagnostic practice with children and adolescents
  • Applies the same interpretive systems across many tests, unlike most assessment textbooks that focus on only one measure
  • Provides students with an accessible guide with a consistent writing style not found in edited texts
  • Emphasizes proper interpretation of intelligence tests in the context of a child’s life circumstances
  • Reflects the use of an evidence-based assessment to test interpretation
  • Includes several devises to enhance the logical processes of assessment, beginning with test selection and concluding with reporting results
  • Stresses the importance of the interpretive process over the value of specific tests
  • Fosters a deeper understanding of the intelligence construct
  • Emphasizes learning by example
  • Also useful as a "refresher" for clinicians looking to update their assessment information and skills

As the knowledge base of child clinical and pediatric assessment continues to grow rapidly, so does the need for up-to-date information, explanations, and references—especially now, as commonly used tests are revised and reevaluated regularly, and evidence-based assessment has become the standard for practice. The Third Edition of Clinical Assessment of Child and Adolescent Personality and Behavior is an ideal update, designed to help graduate students and practitioners meet the challenges of assessing – and improving services to – these young clients.

This highly accessible research-to-practice text offers the depth of coverage necessary to understand the field. It is firmly rooted in current knowledge on psychopathology and normative development. The authors review the various types of measures used to assess children’s emotion, behavior, and personality, and they provide clear recommendations for their use. In addition, they emphasize skills, from rapport building to report writing, that are crucial to clinical expertise regardless of theoretical background. Finally, the authors provide clear guidelines for conducting evidence-based assessments of some of the most common forms of psychopathology experienced by children and adolescents.

This new edition:

  • Focuses on key psychological constructs in child and adolescent development that are important for guiding the assessment process.
  • Provides current research findings to encourage evidence-based practice.
  • Compares tests and assessment methods so that readers can make the most appropriate choices.
  • Provides clear guidelines for using various assessment methods in clinical assessments.
  • Provides guidelines in such important areas as legal and ethical issues, cultural considerations, and communication of assessment results.
  • Features case examples, text boxes, and other aids to comprehension.
  • Includes special chapters to guide evidence-based assessment of ADHD, conduct problems, depression, anxiety, and autism spectrum disorders.

Clinical Assessment of Child and Adolescent Personality and Behavior is a valuable updated resource for graduate students as well as veteran and beginning clinicians across disciplines, including school and educational psychology, clinical child and adolescent psychology, and counseling psychology.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Assessment - Counseling - Depression - Emotion - Evaluation - Focusing - Rapport - hyperactivity - psychology

Related subjects » Child & School Psychology - Education & Language - Psychotherapy & Counseling

Table of contents 

Basic Issues.- Historical Trends.- Measurement Issues.- Classification and Developmental Psychopathology.- Standards and Fairness.- Planning the Evaluation and Rapport Building.- Assessment Methods.- Self-Report Inventories.- Parent and Teacher Rating Scales.- Behavioral Observations.- Peer-Referenced Assessment.- Projective Techniques.- Structured Diagnostic Interviews.- Assessing Family Context.- History Taking.- Adaptive Behavior Scales.- Advanced Topics.- Integrating and Interpreting Assessment Information.- Report Writing.- Assessment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Disruptive Behavior Disorders.- Assessment of Depression and Anxiety.- Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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