Mental Health Assessment of Children and Adolescents. Chapter 24. Assessment Process for Children and Adolescents. Based on Standards of PMHN of Children and Adolescents (ANA, 2000) Follows same format as adults except: Children need simple phrases (more concrete).
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Preschool children: Have difficulty putting feelings into words, thinking concrete
School-aged Children: Able to use constructs, provide longer explanations
Adolescents: are egocentric, increased self-consciousness, fear of being shamed
Use play; conduct assessment in play room.
Establish rapport through competitive games.
Let them know what information will be shared with parents. Direct, candid approach.Conducting the Interview