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Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Assessment of Children and Adolescents

4th Edition

By Sara A. Whitcomb

© 2013 – Routledge

520 pages

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About the Book

Generally recognized as the standard work in its field, Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Assessment of Children and Adolescents provides a comprehensive foundation and guide for conducting conceptually sound, culturally responsive, and ecologically-oriented assessments of student social and emotional behavior. 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.

Keeping intact many of the same premises and pedagogy of the previous editions, this revised and updated fourth edition has been re-organized to emphasize culturally responsive reflective practice, with added content including updated assessment tools and strategies to be used within a Response to Intervention (RtI) framework.

In addition to updating all chapters to reflect current research and data, authors Sara Whitcomb and Kenneth Merrell move away from a more narrow view of social skills to reflect an expanded notion of strengths-based assessment, which includes such traits as coping skills, resilience, problem-solving ability, emotional knowledge, and empathy. Throughout, they strive to increase professional standards in the practice of psychological and educational assessment of children and adolescents, providing a solid, evidence-based foundation for assessment.


Praise for the Second Edition:“This book is currently the premier volume available on the behavioral, social, and emotional assessment of children and adolescents. Merrell includes a discussion of a wide range of personality measures, has not neglected ethical and legal considerations, and offers a well-reasoned conceptual analysis of the assessment process for child clinical and school psychologists.”

Psychology in the Schools, Volume 41 (5)

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

Sara A. Whitcomb is an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology program in the Department of Student Development at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

The late Kenneth W. Merrell (Ph.D.) was Professor of School Psychology at the University of Oregon, where he served as Director of the program and Area Head of the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Counseling / General