Psychological Evaluation of the Developmentally and Physically Disabled

  • Vincent B. Van Hasselt
  • Michel Hersen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Vincent B. Van Hasselt, Michel Hersen
      Pages 3-15
  3. General Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Julia R. Vane, Robert W. Motta
      Pages 19-39
    3. Barbara C. Wilson
      Pages 69-89
  4. Psychological Evaluation of Specific Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Frank P. Belcastro
      Pages 93-114
    3. Lori A. Sisson, Vincent B. Van Hasselt
      Pages 115-153
    4. Laura Schreibman, Marjorie H. Charlop
      Pages 155-177
    5. John T. Neisworth, Stephen J. Bagnato
      Pages 179-212
    6. Ellin Siegel-Causey, Ed Schulte, Doug Guess
      Pages 261-297
    7. Ralph E. Tarter, Kathleen L. Edwards
      Pages 299-326
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 327-334

About this book


The past decade has witnessed a considerable upsurge of clinical and research interest in the problems of developmentally and physically the fields of psychology, disabled persons. Indeed, professionals from special education, rehabilitation, psychiatry, and social work have all directed attention to the development and implementation of evaluation and remedial programs. The heightened activity in this area is in part a result of early assessment research with these popUlations, which provided preliminary evidence of difficulties in social and emotional adjustment in many disabled individuals. In response to these findings, many intervention efforts have been implemented to deal with these issues and improve the life situation of the disabled. Also, there were indications that developmentally and physically disabled children often were deprived of adequate educations. As a result, legal and legislative initiatives have been enacted in recent years to make public education available to all students irrespective of disability. Central to all therapeutic and psychoeducational endeavors with the disabled is psychological evaluation. Only through careful and com­ prehensive psychological evaluation can areas of deficit as well as strengths be identified. Once treatment targets and goals have been ascertained, psychological evaluation is needed to determine the efficacy of intervention strategies. However, the field of psychological evalua­ tion, in general, and with disabled persons, in particular, has become highly specialized. This is largely a function of the changing roles of psychological evaluators.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Vincent B. Van Hasselt
    • 1
  • Michel Hersen
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaIrvine OrangeUSA
  2. 2.Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicPittsburghUSA

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