ISBN# 1-59385-493-5
Assessment of Childhood Disorders

Publication Date: 2007
Edited by Eric J. Mash
Russell A. Barkley

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Eric J. Mash, PhD, is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology and Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary. He is a fellow of the American and Canadian Psychological Associations; has served as an editor, editorial board member, and editorial consultant for many scientific and professional journals; and has published numerous books and journal articles related to children.s mental health, child and adolescent psychopathology and psychotherapy, and child and family assessment. Dr. Mash.s research has focused on family relationships across a variety of child and family disorders, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conduct problems, internalizing disorders, and maltreatment. He is a recipient of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Oregon Health & Science University.

Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, is Research Professor of Psychiatry at the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University at Syracuse. Dr. Barkley has published numerous books, more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters, and 7 videos on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related disorders, including childhood defiance. He is also the editor of the newsletter The ADHD Report. A frequent conference presenter and speaker who is widely cited in the national media, he is past president of the Section on Clinical Child Psychology, Division 12 of the American Psychological Association, and of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology.


Now in an extensively revised and expanded fourth edition, this essential text and clinical guide offers best-practice recommendations for assessing a comprehensive array of child and adolescent mental health problems and health risks. Leading authorities provide an overview of each disorder and describe methods and procedures that take into account the developmental, biological, familial, and cultural contexts of children's problems, and that can inform sound clinical decision making. The fourth edition has been thoroughly updated with the growing knowledge base on child and family disorders and evidence-based assessment. Six new chapters cover bipolar disorder, suicidal and self-harming behaviors, posttraumatic stress disorder, early-onset schizophrenia, learning disabilities, and adolescent personality disorders.


"Synthesizing a wealth of theoretical, empirical, and practical information, this fourth edition is a tour de force. Despite the title's emphasis on assessment, the volume moves beyond diagnosis per se to address the many biological and contextual influences on children's functioning. Its recommendations are informed by current perspectives on converging etiological factors, developmental and situational variations in the manifestations of problems, and the importance of considering both dimensional and categorical models of problem behavior. All serious scholars of child and adolescent psychopathology will want to have this classic work in their library."
-Susan B. Campbell, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

"Emphasizing a developmental systems approach, and written by experts in the field, this fourth edition is a 'must read'....Within its pages, professionals will find a wealth of practical information to guide their work with children, adolescents, and families suffering from early-onset behavioral health disorders. I highly recommend this book."
-Daniel F. Connor, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut Medical School

"In the truly remarkable introductory chapter, the book describes a uniquely comprehensive and well-thought-through model for integrating evidence-based assessment with knowledge on the multiple contexts and domains of child and family functioning. Subsequent chapters, organized by this overarching model, present diverse measures across common developmental themes. This would be an excellent core text for graduate-level courses in psychopathology or clinical assessment. The book will also guide researchers and clinicians in comprehensive case formulation and evaluation of clinical and adaptive functioning."
-Alan E. Kazdin, PhD, Department of Psychology, Yale University

"For each disorder, a concise literature review is followed by practical advice on screening and evaluation. The chapters on bipolar disorder and suicidal ideation are particularly timely. Clinicians will find the book an excellent source for information regarding rating scales and other useful psychometric measures, while researchers will appreciate the scholarly review of these instruments. This book will be a major aid in planning research projects and a valuable tool for training mental health professionals of every discipline."
-Steven R. Pliszka, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio


  1. Introduction
    1. Assessment of Child and Family Disturbance: A Developmental Systems Approach, Eric J. Mash and John Hunsley
  2. Behavior Disorders
    1. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Bradley H. Smith, Russell A. Barkley, and Cheri J. Shapiro
    2. Conduct and Oppositional Disorders, Robert J. McMahon and Paul J. Frick
    3. Adolescent Substance Use and Abuse, Ken C. Winters, Tamara Fahnhorst, and Andria Botzet
  3. Mood Disorders and Suicide Risk
    1. Child and Adolescent Depression, Karen D. Rudolph and Sharon F. Lambert
    2. Pediatric Bipolar Disorder, Eric Youngstrom
    3. Adolescent Suicidal and Nonsuicidal Self-Harm Behaviors and Risk, David B. Goldston and Jill S. Compton
  4. Anxiety Disorders
    1. Anxiety in Children and Adolescents, Michael A. Southam-Gerow and Bruce F. Chorpita
    2. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Kenneth E. Fletcher
  5. Developmental Disorders
    1. Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sally Ozonoff, Beth L. Goodlin-Jones, and Marjorie Solomon
    2. Early-Onset Schizophrenia, Michael G. McDonell and Jon M. McClellan
    3. Intellectual Disability (Mental Retardation), Benjamin L. Handen
    4. Learning Disabilities, Deborah L. Speece and Sara J. Hines
  6. Children at Risk
    1. Child Abuse and Neglect, Claire V. Crooks and David A. Wolfe
    2. Child Sexual Abuse, Vicky Veitch Wolfe
  7. Problems of Adolescence
    1. Eating Disorders, Eric Stice and Carol B. Peterson
    2. Personality Disorders, Rebecca L. Shiner