Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Assessment of Children and Adolescents
Lawrence Erlbaum – 2008 – 560 pages
This book provides a comprehensive foundation for conducting clinical assessments of child and adolescent social-emotional behavior in a practical, scientific, and culturally appropriate manner. 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.
Section I, Foundations and Methods of Assessment, covers basic professional and ethical issues, classification and diagnostic problems, and comprehensive introductions to six primary assessment methods: behavioral observation, behavior rating scales, clinical interviewing, sociometric techniques, self-report instruments, and projective-expressive techniques.
Section II, Assessment of Specific Problems, Competencies, and Populations, includes six chapters for assessing specific socio-emotional behavior domains: externalizing problems, internalizing problems, other problems, social skills and peer relations, young children, and diverse cultural groups.
Key features include:
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)
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
Kenneth W. Merrell (Ph.D.) is professor of school psychology at the University of Oregon, where he also serves as co-director of the program and head of the special education area (which includes the school psychology, communication disorders, early intervention, and special education programs). In addition to his academic experience, he has worked as a school psychologist and has extensive additional experience in providing psychological services and consultation in schools. Dr. Merrell’s research and scholarly work in social-emotional assessment and intervention in schools as been published widely in the field of school psychology and he has been recognized in three separate studies as one of the 20 most influential scholars in the field over the past two decades.