Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Assessment of Children and Adolescents

Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Assessment of Children and Adolescents

Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Assessment of Children and Adolescents

Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Assessment of Children and Adolescents

Synopsis

"Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Assessment of Children and Adolescents, Third Edition provides a comprehensive foundation for conducting clinical assessments of child and adolescent social-emotional behavior in a practical, scientific, and culturally appropriate manner. It is aimed at graduate students, practitioners, and researchers in the fields of school psychology, child clinical psychology, and special education but will also be of interest to those in related disciplines, such as counseling psychology, child psychiatry, and social work."

Excerpt

During the past two or three decades, the enterprise of psychological and educational assessment of children and adolescents has witnessed some incredible advancements in research and applications. New and innovative developments have occurred rapidly, sometimes outstripping the ability of the field to keep pace with them. At the same time, psychological and educational assessment practices with youth have continued to be mired in some of the same traps and impasses that have existed for years. One only needs to briefly consider the continuing failure to effectively link assessment to valid systems of classification and treatment, a reliance on assessment methods and techniques that are substantially lacking in empirical support, a lack of sensitivity of many current assessment practices to important group and individual differences, and the gross misuse of assessment technology to understand that the field still has a long way to go.

This book attempts to help elevate the practice of psychological and educational assessment of children and adolescents--specifically, the domain of behavioral social and emotional assessment--to the increasingly higher standards that we as professionals are setting for ourselves. In my view, this type of assessment has been particularly vulnerable to some of the continuing problems associated with misuse and poor assessment practice. Thus, this book was developed to provide a foundation or road map for conducting comprehensive assessments of child and adolescent social-emotional behavior in a practical, defensible, empirically sound, and culturally appropriate manner. It was written as both a graduate level training textbook and a practical professional reference book. It is specifically relevant to the fields of school psychology and clinical child psychology. However, professionals in related fields who work with children and youth with behavioral social and emotional problems (e.g., special education, counseling, social work, and child psychiatry) may also find it useful.

The chapters within are roughly divided into two major sections. Part I, Foundations and Methods of Assessment, includes eight chapters that provide a general foundation for assessment practice. These chapters include coverage of basic professional and ethical issues, classification and diagnostic problems, and comprehensive introductions to six primary assessment methods: behavioral observation, behavior rating scales, clinical interviewing, sociometric techniques, self-report instruments, and projective-expressive techniques. Part II, Assessment of Specific Problems, Competencies, and Populations . . .

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