Assessment of Childhood Disorders, 4th Edition by Eric J. Mash PhD, Russell A. Barkley PhD ABPP ABCN

By Eric J. Mash PhD, Russell A. Barkley PhD ABPP ABCN

This best textual content and medical advisor deals best-practice strategies for assessing a entire array of kid and adolescent psychological illnesses and future health dangers. renowned specialists current evidence-based methods that may be utilized in making plans, enforcing, and comparing real-world medical companies. assurance encompasses habit issues, temper issues, nervousness problems, developmental issues, maltreatment, and adolescent difficulties. the amount emphasizes the necessity to assessment consumers' strengths in addition to their deficits, and take into consideration the developmental, organic, familial, and cultural contexts of challenge habit.

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104). , narrow-band syndromes vs. profiles) and the type of agreement index that is used. Reports by mothers, compared to those by fathers, can lead to different profile interpretations and judgments of clinical significance (Hulbert, Gdowski, & Lachar, 1986). , 1987). In addition to global rating scales and structured interviews, many parent-completed measures that focus on specific content areas or problems have also been developed. , Hommersen, Murray, Ohan, & Johnston, 2006). Another type of parent report, used during initial assessments and to monitor changes during treatment, involves parent recording of targeted child behaviors.

Standardization, reliability, validity, clinical utility, complexity, sensitivity to treatment change, amount of technical resources or training required for use, feasibility in clinical practice). These and other considerations in selecting particular methods to assess specific childhood disorders are discussed in each of the chapters of this volume. Interviews with Parents and Others Regardless of therapeutic orientation, and despite numerous criticisms concerning reliability and validity, the clinical interview continues to be the most universal assessment procedure (Sattler, 1998).

In other areas, such as social support or family stress, the number of available measures is also large. What is lacking at this time seems to be an agreed-upon set of decisional criteria and rules concerning which of the available measures are best suited for particular purposes, and when and how these mea- sures are to be used (Hunsley & Mash, 2007; Mash & Terdal, 1997a). In practice, the most frequently used decision criteria often equate the quantity and quality of assessment information. This rather crude heuristic assumes that the best assessments sample as many domains as possible, using the widest variety of methods.

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