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Assessment in child and adolescent psychiatry 

Assessment in child and adolescent psychiatry
Assessment in child and adolescent psychiatry

Jeff Bostic

and Andrés Martin

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date: 21 May 2022

The goals of assessment of a child/adolescent are to (1) detect psychopathology and its impacts on the child’s functioning in family, school, and peer domains, (2) allow appropriate intervention targets to be identified and prioritized; and (3) identify relevant variables, including family or school factors that may influence treatment adherence. This chapter covers the distinctive aspects of the psychiatric assessment in children, content and structure of the clinical interview, developmentally sensitive techniques for the psychiatric interview, neuropsychological testing, and laboratory evaluation in the child psychiatric evaluation.

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