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Assessment of children with irritability 

Assessment of children with irritability
Assessment of children with irritability

Argyris Stringaris

and Eric Taylor

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date: 08 December 2019

Although irritability is one of the most common reasons for referral to children’s mental health services, it has for a long time been one of least assessed presentations. This chapter presents a systematic approach to assessing irritability in young people and their families. This ranges from understanding how families may communicate the problem to how clinicians can reliably measure irritability in their sessions, including the use of screening tools. A discussion is given of why the duration and frequency of irritability, temper outburst, and tantrums are important for differential diagnosis and how context can provide important clues for selecting effective treatments.

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