Assessment of Thinking Problems in Children

Authored by: John M. Stokes , David L. Pogge

The Clinical Assessment of Children and Adolescents: A Practitioner’s Handbook

Print publication date:  August  2006
Online publication date:  September  2015

Print ISBN: 9780805857917
eBook ISBN: 9781315827308
Adobe ISBN: 9781317843474


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The assessment of thinking problems in children requires a clear conceptual definition of thinking disturbance. It then requires a careful understanding of the role developmental factors play in the manifestation of the thought processes covered under the term thought disturbance. Alternative methods of assessing thought disorder can then be reviewed in an effort to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages each presents. These can be evaluated both in principle, as a function of the nature of the phenomenon, and as they relate to the capabilities and characteristics of different age groups. In this chapter we attempt to examine each of these issues. We then attempt to present some descriptive data concerning psychometric manifestations of thinking disturbance in a sample of psychiatrically hospitalized children. Finally, we present a case example of a child for whom psychometrically measurable thinking disturbance was found to be a predictor of the eventual emergence of a more severe psychiatric disorder.

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