ISBN# 1-59385-205-3
Clinical Interviews for Children and Adolescents

Publication Date: 2005
Stephanie H. McConaughy, Ph.D.

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About the Author

Stephanie H. McConaughy, PhD, is Research Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Vermont. She specializes in research and assessment of children's learning, behavioral, and emotional problems. She is author of numerous journal articles, chapters, books, and published assessment instruments, and is a licensed practicing psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist. She serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals and was an Associate Editor of the School Psychology Review . Dr. McConaughy's research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Spencer Foundation, and the W. T. Grant Foundation.


Crafted to meet the day-to-day needs of school psychologists and other practitioners working with children, this is the most concise, practical, and up-to-date book of its kind. The expert author offers guidelines for interviewing children of different ages--as well as their parents and teachers--and for weaving the resulting data into multimethod assessment and intervention planning. Coverage encompasses school issues, peer and family relations, problem behavior, and more, with special chapters on assessing suicidality and violence risks. The book includes many detailed case illustrations and reproducible interview tools, in a convenient large-size format with lay-flat binding.


"Those of us conducting interviews for the purpose of diagnosis and intervention planning will find this text an excellent resource. The complexities and dynamics common to conducting interviews with children, parents, and teachers are discussed in a clear and comprehensive manner. Dr. McConaughy has provided a concise, user-friendly, research-based text that will prove an invaluable guide for school-based and clinical practitioners. The reproducible worksheets, interview outlines, illustrative case examples, and chapters on assessing risks for suicide and violence are wonderful additions."
-Michael J. Breen, PhD, Director of Special Education/Pupil Services, Winneconne Community School District, Wisconsin

"Clinical interviewing is the most frequently used assessment technique by practitioners in the field, yet it is also one of the most under-researched areas of psychological assessment. In the current context of mandated evidence-based practices, this book fills a crucial need by offering empirically based approaches to clinical interviewing of children and adolescents. This comprehensive text offers practical techniques for interviewing students, parents, and teachers, while addressing such issues as school functioning, antisocial behavior, emotional problems, substance abuse, and suicidality. A 'must' for professionals interested in learning cutting-edge child and adolescent assessment techniques."
-William R. Jenson, PhD, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Utah


  1. Clinical Interviews in the Context of Multimethod Assessment
  2. Strategies for Child Clinical Interviews
  3. Clinical Interviews with Children: Talking about Activities, School, and Friends
  4. Clinical Interviews with Children: Talking about Family Relations, Self-Awareness, Feelings, and Adolescent Issues
  5. Interviews with Parents
  6. Interviews with Teachers
  7. Interpreting Clinical Interviews for Assessment and Intervention Planning
  8. Special Issues: Assessing Risk for Suicide, David N. Miller and Stephanie H. McConaughy
  9. Special Issues: Assessing Youth Violence and Threats of Violence in Schools: School-Based Risk Assessments, William Halikias