The Diagnostic Process with Children

  • Calvin A. Colarusso
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


This chapter describes some of the techniques used in an in-depth psychiatric evaluation of a child, and provides rationales for their use. A thorough evaluation enables the diagnostician to understand the biological, intrapsychic, and environmental factors that have produced the existing symptom complex, to make a diagnosis, and to formulate a practical treatment plan that will be of the greatest benefit to the child and his or her family.


Diagnostic Interview Chief Complaint Diagnostic Process Oppositional Defiant Disorder Developmental History 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Calvin A. Colarusso
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  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of California at San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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