Diagnosis, Classification, and Screening Systems

R. W. Kamphaus, Erin Dowdy, Sangwon Kim and Jenna Chin

in The Oxford Handbook of Child Psychological Assessment

Published in print April 2013 | ISBN: 9780199796304
Published online May 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Diagnosis, Classification, and Screening Systems


This chapter serves as a primer devoted to the main issues involved in the diagnostic and classification process of children, including an overview of widely used nosological systems and the empirical support associated with them. New directions and systems of classification and diagnosis are also presented in some detail. An overview of concepts and issues in behavioral and emotional problem screening assessment associated with prevention and early intervention concludes the chapter. Two primary conclusions are drawn. First, the amount of unsupportive evidence associated with currently used systems requires that radical changes be made to these systems going forward. Second, the newfound emphasis on early identification and screening associated with prevention practice and science requires the incorporation of classification of risk and subsyndromal problems into new and revised classification systems.

Keywords: classification; diagnosis; screening; assessment

Article.  15600 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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