Diagnosis of disturbed children

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Asserts that although there has been agreement that diagnosis of disturbed children is an important part of professional concern and service, activities labeled “diagnostic” or “evaluative” have not always been clearly in the disturbed child's interest. Psychology and psychologists have much to offer in developing more effective diagnostic procedures for disturbed children, especially in terms of identifying those children vulnerable or at risk for severe disturbance of adult adjustment. It is suggested that concerns with cost-effectiveness may have been responsible for such practices as inadequate testing. Guidelines are suggested for proper diagnostic evaluation of disturbed children. (27 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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