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Overview

Ideal for both novices and advanced practitioners, the new edition of Stanley Greenspan’s classic guide outlines a practical process for observing and interviewing children—and organizing and interpreting their unfolding communications.

Highly acclaimed, The Clinical Interview of the Child uses actual interviews with children to show readers how to

  • Apply a developmental, biopsychosocial framework for understanding the inner lives of children at different ages and stages
  • Observe and assess human development, including emotional and cognitive patterns and perceptual capacities
  • Help infants and children to reveal their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors during the clinical interview
  • Organize and interpret the interview data by constructing a developmental profile and translating it into DSM-IV-TR diagnostic categories
The third edition has been expanded and revised extensively, with updated theoretical and conceptual foundations; information on higher levels of ego development and reflective and thinking capacities of older children; and a new section on a developmental biopsychosocial model—the developmental, individual-difference, relationship-based (DIR) approach.

An invaluable educational and practical resource, The Clinical Interview of the Child, Third Edition, is an ideal tool for psychiatrists and psychologists, pediatricians, educators, social workers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and judges and attorneys dealing with children and families.

About the Authors
Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics at the George Washington University Medical School, Chairman of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders, and a supervising Child Psychoanalyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. He was previously Chief of the Mental Health Study Center and Director of the Clinical Infant Development Program at the National Institute of Mental Health. A founder and former president of ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, Dr. Greenspan has been honored with a number of national awards, including the American Psychiatric Association's Ittleson Prize for outstanding contributions to Child Psychiatry Research and the American Orthopsychiatric Association's Ittleson Prize for outstanding contributions to American mental health-the only individual to receive both Ittleson awards-and the Strecker Award for outstanding contributions to American psychiatry. He is the author or editor of more than 35 books and monographs and 100 articles and chapters.

In addition to working on environmental issues, Nancy Thorndike Greenspan, a former health economist, writes about children's development and is currently working on a biography of Max Born, the Nobel Peace Prize winning physicist and one of the pioneers in the development of quantum mechanics.

"Peppered with anecdotes, practical tips, & colorful exchanges between child & therapist, this book brings alive & systematizes the art of the interview."

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Reviewer: Elliott Pae, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book promotes the understanding of a developmental biopsychosocial model for the clinical interview of the child. It describes this model as a developmental, individual-difference, relationship-based (DIR) approach.
Purpose: The purpose is to underscore the point that a child's personality comprises many interrelated lines of development. Although these lines may be separated for conceptual purposes, in the functioning experience of a child, they are all interrelated. Moreover, this third edition reinforces the principle that every discrete behavior is multiply determined. Dr. Greenspan clearly emphasizes that a full understanding of mental health and illness requires a developmental biopsychosocial model. The developmental structuralist approach as outlined in this book serves as a valuable clinical treatment framework for clinicians learning about a developmental biopsychosocial model of the psychotherapeutic process. This is a valuable contribution to the field because children, families, and clinicians require such a developmental model and approach to deal with the complexity of the experiential world of a child. The author, through bringing together a compelling series of clinical vignettes which illustrate his viewpoint on mental development, has done an excellent job in achieving these objectives.
Audience: The intended audience includes child and adult clinicians, educators, individuals training in the theory of mental development, and those interested in a developmental biopsychosocial model of the psychotherapeutic process. The author is the only individual to receive both Ittleson awards:the American Psychiatric Association's Ittleson Prize for outstanding contributions to child psychiatry research and the American Orthopsychiatric Association's Ittleson Prize for outstanding contributions to American mental health.
Features: The first section of the book provides the conceptual foundations for the developmental structuralist approach. Next, several categories for observation during an interview are outlined. The next section of the book presents interview patterns developed by 18 young children. Subsequently, conducting the interview as well as constructing a formulation based on a developmental approach are advocated. The final section discusses selected comments on interviewing parents. An appendix summarizes the developmental biopsychosocial model for assessment and treatment.
Assessment: This book is an outstanding introduction to the theory of mental development. It contributes greatly to the literature by providing a model for assessment and treatment based upon a developmental biopsychosocial framework.
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The first edition was published by McGraw-Hill in 1981. Greenspan lays the foundation for conducting the spontaneous, unstructured interview with the child, discussing such strategies as how to quietly allow the child's normative patterns to emerge, how to create a comfortable environment that will encourage expression, and how to systematically observe multiple dimensions of functioning in brief, often sporadic behaviors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880487245
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1991
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 245
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Ch. 1 Conceptual Foundations: An Overview 1
Ch. 2 Framework for Systematic Observation of the Child 35
Ch. 3 Chronological Age- and Phase-Appropriate Illustrations for Each Observational Category 75
Ch. 4 Clinical Illustrations of Interviews with Children 99
Ch. 5 Conducting the Interview 167
Ch. 6 Constructing a Formulation Based on a Developmental Approach 187
Ch. 7 Interviewing the Parents: Selected Comments 235
App A Developmental Biophysical Model for Assessment and Treatment 257
References 287
Index 289
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