Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to…

3.1 Describe the purpose of psychological assessment and the importance of including information from multiple informants and multiple methods.

Understand the basic techniques used to assess children and families, such as diagnostic interviewing, behavioral assessment, intellectual assessment, and personality assessment.

Define and give examples of reliability and validity.

3.2 Describe the DSM-5 approach to diagnosing mental disorders.

Evaluate the benefits and limitations of diagnosing children and adolescents.