The Clinical Practice of Child and Adolescent Assessment

Authored by: Steven R. Smith , Leonard Handler

The Clinical Assessment of Children and Adolescents: A Practitioner’s Handbook

Print publication date:  August  2006
Online publication date:  September  2015

Print ISBN: 9780805857917
eBook ISBN: 9781315827308
Adobe ISBN: 9781317843474


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The use of tests and measures to understand our patients is one of the hallmarks of applied psychology. Unlike the practices of psychiatry, social work, and other allied mental health disciplines, psychologists rely on measurement to quantify patient cognitive functioning, psychopathology, behavior, strengths, neuropsychological performance, aptitudes, attitudes, and social contexts. Following the empiricist’s creed, much of applied psychological assessment rests on the assertion of Thorndike (1918) that “whatever exists at all exists in some amount” (p. 16).

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