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Diagnostic and Behavioral Assessment in Children and Adolescents
A Clinical Guide

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ISBN 9781462508617
Published October 4, 2013 by Guilford Press
480 Pages


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Book Description

This comprehensive volume shows how to use both diagnostic and behavioral assessment knowledgeably and effectively throughout the process of treatment. The two traditions have developed along separate paths--each with its own conceptual underpinnings and psychometric strengths. Used together, they can produce a complete picture of a child's or adolescent's needs and strengths. The expert editors and contributors describe the full range of evidence-based assessment tools and illustrate their application with two intake-to-termination case examples, both based on DSM-5. Reproducible tools include a behavioral recording form and a multipage case conceptualization worksheet that can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2 x 11 size.

Table of Contents

I. Fundamental Issues
1. Overview of Diagnostic and Behavioral Assessment, Bryce D. McLeod, Amanda Jensen-Doss, and Thomas H. Ollendick
2. Diagnostic Assessment, Amanda Jensen-Doss, Bryce D. McLeod, and Thomas H. Ollendick
3. Behavioral Assessment, Thomas H. Ollendick, Bryce D. McLeod, and Amanda Jensen-Doss
4. Case Conceptualization, Treatment Planning, and Outcome Monitoring, Bryce D. McLeod, Amanda Jensen-Doss, and Thomas H. Ollendick
II. Assessment Tools
5. Interviews, Carla E. Marin, Yasmin Rey, and Wendy K. Silverman
6. Checklists and Rating Scales, Thomas M. Achenbach
7. Direct Observation, David Reitman, Stacey McGregor, and Alexis Resnick
8. Self-Monitoring, Christine L. Cole and Catherine Kunsch
9. Physiological Assessment, Michelle A. Patriquin, Angela Scarpa, and Bruce H. Friedman
10. Laboratory-Based Cognitive Methodologies, Kathryn J. Lester and Andy P. Field
11. Peer Assessment Strategies, Annette M. La Greca, Betty Lai, Sherilynn Chan, and Whitney Herge
12. Parent and Family Assessment Strategies, David J. Hawes and Mark R. Dadds
13. Toward Evidence-Based Assessment of Ethnic Minority Youth, Armando A. Pina, Nancy A. Gonzales, Lindsay E. Holly, Argero A. Zerr, and Henry Wynne
14. Assessment of Therapy Processes, Stephen R. Shirk, John Paul M. Reyes, and Patrice S. Crisostomo
15. Diagnostic and Behavioral Assessment in Action, Amanda Jensen-Doss, Thomas H. Ollendick, and Bryce D. McLeod

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Bryce D. McLeod, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he is Director of the Child/Adolescent Track in the clinical psychology program. He is the author or coauthor of numerous scientific articles and book chapters. Dr. McLeod has served on a number of committees of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. His clinical and research interests include youth diagnostic and behavioral assessment, child anxiety disorders, therapy process and treatment integrity research, and the implementation of evidence-based practices in community mental health settings.

Amanda Jensen-Doss, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami. She is the author or coauthor of numerous research publications and book chapters on youth diagnostic assessment and on the implementation of evidence-based practices in community mental health settings. Dr. Jensen-Doss has served on the board of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and on other committees of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Thomas H. Ollendick, PhD, is University Distinguished Professor in Clinical Psychology and Director of the Child Study Center at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is the Editor of Behavior Therapy and founding Co-Editor of Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review. Dr. Ollendick has authored or coauthored numerous books and research publications. His clinical and research interests include diverse forms of child psychopathology and their assessment, treatment, and prevention from a social learning/social cognitive theory perspective.


"An important, exciting work. What sets this book apart is not just the stellar cast of contributors, but the clear vision and voice describing unifying principles that organize the assessment process. More than other books, this volume articulates a developmental psychopathology approach to assessment. It is exceptionally well suited for adoption as a text in child clinical assessment courses. Practicing clinicians will find the book valuable for stimulating creative reflection about how they are performing assessment and what areas they might add or upgrade based on recent advances in the field. Assessment is a core activity of psychology, and now there is a volume that treats the topic with breadth and depth, in a balanced and engaging manner."--Eric A. Youngstrom, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"For clinicians working with youth and their families, and those training to do so, this is an absolutely indispensable handbook. McLeod, Jensen-Doss, and Ollendick have assembled a superb group of authors, all of them leading experts in their respective assessment domains. The resulting chapters are on the cutting edge of the science of psychological assessment and provide invaluable guidance on how to conduct evidence-based assessments. This volume is an essential resource for graduate students learning to implement psychological services that are truly evidence based."--John Hunsley, PhD, Professor and Director of the Clinical Psychology Program, School of Psychology, University of Ottawa, Canada

"This innovative volume demonstrates the best of evidence-based assessment from start to finish--from initial client contact to termination. Using a principles-based approach, and written in a digestible format for clinicians and students alike, the book captures the core essence of effective assessment and intervention. The editors have pulled off a veritable coup in recruiting this esteemed collection of experts to share their knowledge within a cohesive framework. Two instructive case examples are followed through each step of the clinical endeavor."--Brian C. Chu, PhD, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

"This comprehensive book clearly fills a need in the area of evidence-based assessment in psychology and special education. It addresses each critical stage in the assessment process in a manner that is accessible and grounded in theory. Showing that there is no one-size-fits-all way to assess children and adolescents and target interventions, the book captures the principles that should be utilized in the assessment process. The use of case examples is an innovative approach that illustrates the complexity of the process from beginning to end. This book is a great resource for special educators working with students with emotional and behavioral disorders and can be used to assist in writing appropriate intervention plans."--Melissa Stormont, PhD, Department of Special Education, University of Missouri
-For the many who do believe that good assessment is one of the pillars of good treatment, this book will serve as a good review of the various tools and strategies available. The book would make an excellent graduate-level text in any course focusing on assessment in either analytical or behavioral form. The book is written by individuals who have made significant contributions to the field and the chapter authors, when not the primary authors, have been selected with care and also reflect high levels of excellence.--Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 1/2/2014ƒƒ_x000D_This is a practical and easy-to-read book. By using the same case vignettes throughout the book, readers can easily see how the various tools can be used. This book should be in the libraries of graduate students, clinicians, and researchers who work with children.--Doody's Review Service, 10/4/2013ƒƒ_x000D_“An original text, which will not disappoint any clinician, student, or trainee interested in or working with children, young people, and their families. Edited by experts in the field of diagnostic and behavioral assessment and accompanied by a myriad of influential international contributors, this text should be respected as a core handbook, and guiding light, for evidence-based assessment….All sections and chapters draw upon an impressive array of references, a fantastic resource to direct the reader for future exploration.”--The Psychologist, 5/1/2014