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The Clinical Interview of the Child, Third Edition
Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D. (1941–2010), with Nancy Thorndike Greenspan
American Psychiatric Association Publishing / Softcover / May 2003
9781585621378 (ISBN-10: 1585621374)
Child Psychiatry / Infant, Child & Adolescent
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312 pages
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Ideal for both novices and advanced practitioners, the new edition of Stanley Greenspan’s classic guide outlines a practical process for observing and interviewing children—and organizing and interpreting their unfolding communications.

Highly acclaimed, The Clinical Interview of the Child uses actual interviews with children to show readers how to:

Apply a developmental, biopsychosocial framework for understanding the inner lives of children at different ages and stages

Observe and assess human development, including emotional and cognitive patterns and perceptual capacities

Help infants and children to reveal their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors during the clinical interview

Organize and interpret the interview data by constructing a developmental profile and translating it into DSM-IV-TR diagnostic categories

The third edition has been expanded and revised extensively, with updated theoretical and conceptual foundations; information on higher levels of ego development and reflective and thinking capacities of older children; and a new section on a developmental biopsychosocial model—the developmental, individual-difference, relationship-based (DIR) approach.

An invaluable educational and practical resource, The Clinical Interview of the Child, Third Edition, is an ideal tool for psychiatrists and psychologists, pediatricians, educators, social workers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and judges and attorneys dealing with children and families.


Conceptual foundations: an overview.
Framework for systematic observation of the child.
Chronological age- and phase-appropriate illustrations for each observational category.
Clinical illustrations of interviews with children.
Conducting the interview.
Constructing a formulation based on a developmental approach.
Interviewing the parents: selected comments.
Appendix: a developmental biopsychosocial model for assessment and treatment.

“This beautifully lucid volume provides the best guide I know for assessing and understanding the developing child in all the dimensions of mental life and behavior. In the grand tradition of Anna Freud, Erikson, Mahler and Piaget, Greenspan’s developmental structural approach provides a nuanced and in-depth practical method for assessing the child at every stage of development, emphasizing the unevenness of developmental levels. Greenspan’s view is compatible with all the major contemporary theoretical points of view—cognitive, psychodynamic, behavioral, and relational—subsuming them in his objective descriptions. While the book is specifically aimed at the child clinician, those of us who treat adult patients will be hugely informed by this map of child development. The clinical vignettes are compelling. This is a superb how-to-do-it book, as well as one of the best introductions to the theory of mental development that I know. The biopsychosocial model of psychiatry, so often talked about but so little implemented, is here carried out splendidly.”—Arnold Cooper, M.D., Past President American Psychoanalytic Association, Stephen P. Tobin and Dr. Arnold M. Cooper Professor Emeritus in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York

About the Authors
Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics at the George Washington University Medical School, Chairman of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders, and a supervising Child Psychoanalyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. He was previously Chief of the Mental Health Study Center and Director of the Clinical Infant Development Program at the National Institute of Mental Health. A founder and former president of ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, Dr. Greenspan has been honored with a number of national awards, including the American Psychiatric Association’s Ittleson Prize for outstanding contributions to Child Psychiatry Research and the American Orthopsychiatric Association’s Ittleson Prize for outstanding contributions to American mental health—the only individual to receive both Ittleson awards—and the Strecker Award for outstanding contributions to American psychiatry. He is the author or editor of more than 35 books and monographs and 100 articles and chapters.

In addition to working on environmental issues, Nancy Thorndike Greenspan, a former health economist, writes about children’s development and is currently working on a biography of Max Born, the Nobel Peace Prize winning physicist and one of the pioneers in the development of quantum mechanics.

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