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This book 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.
Section I, Foundations and Methods of Assessment, covers 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.
Section II, Assessment of Specific Problems, Competencies, and Populations, includes six chapters for assessing specific socio-emotional behavior domains: externalizing problems, internalizing problems, other problems, social skills and peer relations, young children, and diverse cultural groups.
Key features include:
Part: I: Foundations and Methods of Assessment. Foundations of Assessment. Assessment and Classification. Direct Behavioral Observation. Behavior Rating Scales. Interviewing Techniques. Sociometric Techniques. Self-report Assessment. Projective-expressive Techniques. Part II: Assessment of Specific Problems, Competencies, and Populations. Assessing Externalizing Problems. Assessing Internalizing Problems. Assessing Other Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Problems. Assessing Social Skills and Peer Relations. Assessing Social and Emotional Behavior of Young Children. Assessment and Cultural Diversity