Introduction Assessment in Early Childhood



This chapter provides a foundation for appreciating how the assessment of very young children with mental health problems is different from that of older children or adults. It includes an introduction to the field of infant and early childhood mental health, explicates the principles of working in early childhood mental health, and discusses rewards and challenges of assessing very young children. In addition, concrete recommendations are provided to help clinicians begin their work in infant and early childhood mental health.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education and Human DevelopmentUniversity of Colorado DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.Child and Adolescent Psychiatry FellowshipPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Young Child Clinic, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesChildren’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUSA
  4. 4.Policy LabChildren’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUSA
  5. 5.Department of PsychiatryPerelman School of Medicine at the University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  6. 6.The Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUSA

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