Therapeutic Assessment with Adolescents and Their Parents: A Comprehensive Model

Deborah J. Tharinger, Lauren B. Gentry and Stephen E. Finn

in The Oxford Handbook of Child Psychological Assessment

Published in print April 2013 | ISBN: 9780199796304
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199983292 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Therapeutic Assessment with Adolescents and Their Parents: A Comprehensive Model

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The comprehensive model of Therapeutic Assessment (TA) as used with adolescents and their parents is introduced. TA is designed to answer specific questions parents and adolescents pose for the assessment, to form working alliances with parents and adolescents, to collaboratively engage adolescents and their parents in the assessment process, and to foster positive development in the adolescent and the family. TA uses a combination of assessment and intervention methods, is theoretically integrative and incorporates the unique tasks of adolescent development into the structure of the assessment itself. The goals and procedures for each step are provided and illustrated with a case study of an adolescent boy and his mother, along with effectiveness data. Finally, the application of TA across cultures, the use of selected steps of TA when the comprehensive model is not feasible, and the adaptation of TA to different settings and presenting problems are addressed.

Keywords: Therapeutic Assessment; adolescents; parents; collaborative

Article.  26350 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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