Assessment of Internalizing Behavioral Deficits

Randy W. Kamphaus and Kristen L. Mays

in The Oxford Handbook of School Psychology

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195369809
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Assessment of Internalizing Behavioral Deficits

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The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of the assessment of internalizing problems in children and adolescents. The chapter consists of three sections. The first section summarizes the categorical and dimensional systems used to classify social and emotional problems in youth. The second section discusses a variety of assessment techniques (e.g., structured and semistructured interviews and behavioral rating scales) that can be used to evaluate internalizing problems. This section also provides descriptions of several assessment measures including the DISC-IV, K-SADS-PL, ASEBA, BASC-2, BYI-II, CDI, RCMAS-2, and STAIC. Finally, the chapter concludes with a discussion of several practical issues to consider when evaluating the emotional and behavioral status of youth.

Keywords: internalizing; assessment; children; adolescents; school psychology; anxiety; depression; somatization

Article.  13479 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Educational Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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