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(p. 99) Depression in Children and Adolescents 

(p. 99) Depression in Children and Adolescents
(p. 99) Depression in Children and Adolescents

Lea R. Dougherty

, Daniel N. Klein

, and Thomas M. Olino

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date: 19 October 2020

Abstract: The diagnoses of the depressive disorders have a moderate degree of clinical utility and construct validity in children and adolescents. This chapter focuses on the assessment of depression in children and adolescents. An assessment strategy should be driven by the available data on the clinical features, associated characteristics, course, and treatment of depression, as well as what is known about the processes involved in the maintenance and recurrence of episodes. This chapter begins with a review of the nature of the disorder, which is followed by a review of clinical assessment instruments designed for the assessment purposes of (a) diagnosis, (b) case conceptualization and treatment planning, and (c) treatment monitoring and evaluation. Recommendations are included for instruments with the greatest scientific support and for assessing depression in a clinically sensitive manner.

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