Abnormal Child Psychology

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3. Assessment and Diagnosis

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Learning Objectives
3.1
Describe the purpose of psychological assessment and the importance of including information from multiple informants and multiple methods.
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Understand the basic techniques used to assess children and families, such as diagnostic interviewing, behavioral assessment, intellectual assessment, and personality assessment.
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Explain the importance of standardization, reliability, and validity in psychological testing.
3.2
Describe the DSM-5 approach to diagnosing mental disorders.
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Evaluate the benefits and limitations of diagnosing children and adolescents.

Note: The number before each objective shows its corresponding module in the text.

Flashcards

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Test Your Critical Thinking

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Videos

Evidence-Based Assessment

In this excellent video, Dr. Paul Frick (University of New Orleans) discusses the importance of evidence-based assessment for youths at risk for mental health problems.

Assessment Vignette I

Shawn is a 16-year-old boy referred for a mental health evaluation. What does his psychologist do to increase Shawn's motivation to participate in the assessment?

Assessment Vignette II

Tony is a 15-year-old boy who was referred to a social worker by his pediatrician because of problems with depression. How does the social worker begin to assess Tony's symptoms?

Learn More

DSM-5


DSM-5 is published by the American Psychiatric Association. It is a compendium of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States. This website provides information about DSM-5 and other information about the American Psychiatric Association.


Test Sample: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children


The WISC-V is the most widely used intelligence test for children in the United States. Note: This is a sample report and it does not reflect the responses of an actual client.


Test Sample: Adaptive Behavior Assessment System


The ABAS-3 is a norm-referenced measure of adaptive behavior. It is often completed by parents about children suspected of Intellectual Disability. Note: This is a sample report and it does not reflect the responses of an actual client.


Test Sample: Behavior Assessment System for Children


Visit this site to see a sample BASC-3 report. Note: This is a sample report and it does not reflect the responses of an actual client.


Test Sample: MMPI-A-RF


Visit this site to see a sample MMPI-A-RF report. Note: This is a sample report and it does not reflect the responses of an actual client.