Discussion Questions

  1. Imagine that a child is referred to you because he or she is struggling in school. What might you want to examine in an assessment? With whom would you want to talk? What types of tools would help you with this child?

  2. Imagine that you are developing a new measure of depression for children. What steps should you take to ensure that your test is of the best possible quality?

  3. The DSM is the most widely used diagnostic system for psychological disorders in the United States, and its quality has improved across editions. However, it has several weaknesses.  What do you see as the greatest strengths and weaknesses of the DSM 5? What do you think would improve the DSM further?

  4. There is a great deal of controversy regarding diagnosing children, particularly because of concerns about labeling and stigma. However, there are some important benefits to diagnosis as well. How do you balance both sides of this issue? What would you tell parents of children who are coping with an undiagnosed disorder?