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Interviewing Children and Adolescents: Skills and Strategies for Effective DSM-5® Diagnosis, Second Edition
Morrison, James and Kathryn Flegel
Guilford Press / Softcover / 2017-10-01 / 1462533795
Child Psychiatry / OISE Texts
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This instructive clinical resource has given thousands of clinicians and students essential skills for evaluating infants through adolescents with any type of mental health issue. Principles for conducting age-appropriate clinical interviews with children of varying ages and their parents—including the use of toys, drawing, dolls, and other forms of play—are illustrated with annotated sample transcripts. The book provides crucial information for accurately diagnosing a wide range of mental and behavioral disorders. User-friendly features include concise explanations of diagnostic criteria, coding notes, interview pointers for specific disorders, vivid vignettes, and a sample written report.

New to This Edition
• Current terminology, codes, and diagnostic criteria integrated throughout the case examples and disorder-specific discussions.
• Features both DSM-5 and ICD-10-CM codes.
• Essential Features—prototypes that encapsulate the symptoms and other diagnostic elements of each disorder.
• Reproducible tool (Questionnaire for Parents) that can be downloaded and printed for repeated use.
• Additional disorders and vignettes.


“This is a helpful tool for clinicians, describing how to tailor interviews to different ages and how children may present with various disorders based on their developmental level. Since each section also discusses DSM-5 criteria, it is also a helpful review of criteria.”

—Doody's Review Service

“This extremely accessible text is designed to help beginning clinicians enter the daunting world of child and adolescent mental health interviewing and assessment. Two seasoned psychiatrists share their considerable experience with various types of interviewing approaches, multiple levels of child development, and the practical use of DSM-5. Their clear, jargon-free prose includes actual clinical interviews that bring the material vividly to life.”

—Gregory K. Fritz, MD, Professor and Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

“This important second edition effectively places the art and science of child and adolescent clinical interviewing within the context of DSM-5. The case examples and interviewing scripts make it a valuable aid for clinicians working with a diverse array of childhood mental health conditions. I encourage all child clinical, counseling, and school psychologists to consider adding this second edition to their libraries. The reproducible parent questionnaire, which gathers key biopsychosocial information pertaining to past and present functioning, will be especially helpful for diagnostic decision making and treatment planning.”

—John S. Carlson, PhD, NCSP, Director, Doctoral Program in School Psychology, Michigan State University

“An excellent resource for both the experienced clinician and beginning graduate student. The integration of DSM-5 criteria with child and adolescent development make this a one-of-a-kind book. It would make a wonderful text for any course in child assessment and diagnosis, given its well-organized content, developmental focus, and applicable (and interesting) case examples. I loved the first edition and referred to it frequently—the second edition is even better. Every clinician who evaluates or treats children should have a copy of this book on his or her shelf.”

—Ellen Braaten, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

“This thorough, up-to-date book is sensitive to the unique challenges of engaging children and adolescents in meaningful dialogue about their lives. The inclusion of both age- and diagnosis-based frameworks for interviews is a helpful feature. The case examples serve to demonstrate the recommended practices with a variety of presenting problems, and appendices offer additional useful resources for clinicians. This book is a valuable tool for psychologists and other professionals working with children and adolescents, as well as for students.”

—Rachel Brown-Chidsey, PhD, Educational and School Psychology Program, University of Southern Maine

“This book is full of concrete examples of how practitioners organize their thoughts and devise their questions as they get to know a child and family. The reader sees how each piece of information that emerges from a diagnostic interview is like a puzzle piece that, with time, allows the evaluator to develop a picture of what is happening in the child’s life right now. The section on specific diagnoses organizes case vignettes into clear diagnostic thinking. The authors write with warmth, humor, and the optimistic belief that difficult behavioral and mental health problems can be understood and treated.”

—Judith Warner, author of We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication


I. Interviewing Children and Adolescents
A Background for Evaluating Children and Adolescents
1. Interviewing Informants: The Basics
2. Structuring the First Interview with the Young Patient
3. An Introduction to Development
A Variety of Interviews with Children and Adolescents
4. The Infant/Toddler Interview
5. Play Interview with a 6-Year-Old Girl
6. Play Interview with a 7-Year-Old Boy
7. Interview with a 9-Year-Old Girl
8. The Adolescent Interview
9. The Parent–Child Initial Interview
10. The Written Report
II. DSM-5 Diagnoses Applicable to Children and Adolescents
11. Neurodevelopmental Disorders
12. Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
13. Mood Disorders
14. Anxiety Disorders
15. Obsessive–Compulsive and Related Disorders
16. Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders
17. Dissociative Disorders
18. Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
19. Feeding and Eating Disorders
20. Elimination Disorders
21. Sleep–Wake Disorders
22. Gender Dysphoria
23. Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders
24. Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
25. Cognitive Disorders
26. Personality Disorders
27. Other Diagnostic Issues
Appendix 1. Reference Materials
Appendix 2. Outline of DSM-5 Diagnoses
Appendix 3. A Questionnaire for Parents

About the Authors:

James Morrison, MD, is Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. He has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. With his acclaimed practical books—including DSM-5 Made Easy; Diagnosis Made Easier, Second Edition; The First Interview, Fourth Edition; Interviewing Children and Adolescents, Second Edition; When Psychological Problems Mask Medical Disorders, Second Edition; and The Mental Health Clinician's Workbook—Dr. Morrison has guided hundreds of thousands of mental health professionals and students through the complexities of clinical evaluation and diagnosis.

Kathryn Flegel, MD, is Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Dr. Flegel was a primary care doctor for 16 years before becoming a psychiatrist. She completed her psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship at OHSU and currently provides inpatient and outpatient care to children, adults, and families. Dr. Flegel is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

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