Use of the Hand Test with Children and Adolescents

Authored by: A. Jill Clemence

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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Practitioners are often in need of efficient and effective ways of assessing the needs of patients, especially when there are limitations on time, as is often the case. Less time-intensive methods of assessment are increasingly favored among clinicians because of the time demands of clinical practice (Piotrowski, 1999). Such techniques are especially useful in settings in which the time available to produce a report is short (such as medical settings or Employee Assistance Programs), or in settings in which comprehensive psychological testing is unnecessary or unavailable. Thus, brief instruments can greatly add to the clinician’s tool chest. The Hand Test is one such instrument.

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