JEROME M. SATTLER, PUBLISHER, INC.
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The Seventh Edition of Foundations of Behavioral, Social, and Clinical Assessment of Children is designed to be used as a text in such courses as personality assessment, behavioral assessment, and child clinical assessment and as a reference source for students and professionals. The Seventh Edition can also be used together with Assessment of Children: Cognitive Foundations, Sixth Edition and Assessment with the WAIS–IV to provide in-depth coverage of assessment of children and young adults.
A Major Revision
Every chapter in the Seventh Edition has been rewritten to make the text more comprehensive, relevant, readable, up to date, and informative. The Seventh Edition contains new material on theoretical perspectives useful for assessment, trauma and trauma-informed care, bullying and cyberbullying, child maltreatment, disruptive disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, substance-related disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, adaptive behavior, functional behavioral assessment, and executive functions. In addition, the Seventh Edition contains reviews of several standardized measures for assessing behavioral, social, and emotional functioning of children and for assessing parenting and family functioning. Although the Seventh Edition is not accompanied by a Resource Guide, as was found in the Sixth Edition, it now includes checklists and brief interviews useful for evaluating various psychological disorders.
The Seventh Edition contains several useful learning aids:
Among the special features in the Seventh Edition are the following:
Philosophical Background of Text
The Seventh Edition is based on the philosophy that psychologists
cannot be competent clinical assessors unless they have the relevant
information about a child’s presenting problem, assets and limitations,
family, classroom, and environment, as well as knowledge of the techniques
needed to perform assessments and an understanding of interventions that
might help the child and his or her family. In this text, you will find
information to help you become a competent clinical assessor.
Clinical assessors must be mindful of the pervasiveness of litigation in
American society. Those who seek legal recourse to change a diagnosis or
recommendation may question assessment results and the decisions reached
based on the assessment results. Therefore, we strongly urge you to assume
that everything you do has potential legal consequences. The
best strategy is to be prepared. You can do this by (a) using the most
appropriate assessment techniques and instruments, (b) maintaining
accurate and complete records, and (c) keeping up with the research and
clinical literature in your field.
Underlying any assessment should be respect for children and their
families and a desire to help children. A thorough assessment will allow
assessors to learn things about the child that they could not learn simply
from talking to others about the child, observing the child, or reviewing
the child’s records. Assessment brings a wealth of information to
children, parents, teachers, health care providers, and other
professionals and makes a difference in children’s lives.
Note to Instructors
An Instructor’s Manual, written by Elisabeth Endrikat and Jerome M.
Sattler, accompanies Foundations of Behavioral, Social, and Clinical
Assessment of Children, Seventh Edition. For each chapter, the
Instructor’s Manual contains multiple-choice questions useful for
objective examinations. A PowerPoint presentation, written by Salvatore
Massa and Jerome M. Sattler, highlighting the main points of each chapter
is also available. Both the Instructor’s Manual and PowerPoint
presentation are available from the publisher to instructors who adopt the
text for their classes.