By Aaron Beck, Gary Emery, Ruth Greenberg
The founding father of cognitive treatment and colleagues follow the fundamental ideas of cognitive treatment, used effectively for a few years in treating melancholy, to the therapy of tension problems and phobias.
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In short, evaluation of aggressive and antisocial behaviors in ADHD youngsters is of extreme importance. , 1992). Yet the overwhelming majority of youngsters with ADHD display at least some forms of underachievement (see Fischer, Barkley, Edelbrock, & Smallish, 1990), with suboptimal academic performance exemplified by such disparate markers as the need for special education services, disruptive behavior in the classroom that interferes with learning, patterns of truancy or expulsion, grade retention, or the effects of poor sustained attention and deficient self-regulation on the mastery of school curricula.
Third, and crucially for diagnosis, an instrument such as a structured interview should yield the same diagnostic information when utilized by different clinicians; similarly, when behavior observations are performed, observers must concur with respect to the category of behavior that is noted. 2 Several issues of importance for the assessment of ADHD are directly relevant to concerns with reliability. For one thing, when parents or teachers complete rating scales regarding the externalizing behavior (including ADHD symptoms) of their child, scores tend to fluctuate over the first few times the scales are completed.
Separating disorganization and rebellion that may be normative for many adolescents from manifestations of ADHD will require knowledge of family dynamics as well as a developmentally sensitive assessor. In short, unfolding developmental stages bring new challenges for the ADHD youngster and the assessor alike. With this all-too-brief consideration of theoretical and developmental issues in mind, I now turn to an overview of assessment tools and instruments that may be particularly useful in the evaluation and diagnosis of children with ADHD.
Anxiety Disorders and Phobias: A Cognitive Perspective by Aaron Beck, Gary Emery, Ruth Greenberg