Children

  • Koren M. Boggs
  • Rebecca S. Griffin
  • Alan M. Gross

Abstract

The foundation of diagnostic interviewing involves obtaining all relevant information pertaining to a presenting problem in order to support sound clinical judgments. Diagnosis is frequently the first step in problem conceptualization and the determination of an appropriate course of treatment. Diagnosis also serves as a communication tool between the clinician and other individuals involved in carrying out subsequent intervention strategies. Because of its pivotal role in the treatment process, diagnostic interviewing should be approached with prudence, thoroughness, and a constant focus on the client’s best interest. When children are the focus of a diagnostic evaluation, special considerations arise and must be taken into account. This chapter will review the fundamental aspects of diagnostic interviewing as it pertains to children.

Keywords

Anxiety Disorder Eating Disorder Adolescent Psychiatry Oppositional Defiant Disorder Semistructured Interview 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Koren M. Boggs
    • 1
  • Rebecca S. Griffin
    • 1
  • Alan M. Gross
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MississippiUniversityUSA

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