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A Review of Methods and Instruments for Assessing Externalizing Disorders: Theoretical and Practical Considerations in Rendering a Diagnosis.
Clinical Psychology Review
  • David Reitman, Nova Southeastern University
  • Regina Hummel, University of Mississippi
  • Diane Z. Franz, University of Massachussets Medical Center
  • Alan M. Gross, University of Mississippi
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
8-1-1998
Keywords
  • Adolescent,
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity,
  • Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders,
  • Child Behavior Disorders,
  • Conduct Disorder,
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales,
  • Psychological Tests,
  • Self-Assessment,
  • Social Behavior
Disciplines
Peer Reviewed
1
Abstract
This review addresses the most current and widely used methods of assessing childhood and adolescent externalizing disorders. Interviews, rating scales, and self-report instruments are described, and their strengths and weaknesses are discussed. Direct observational techniques in naturalistic and analogue settings are also reviewed. Throughout the article, commentary is offered regarding the psychometric adequacy and clinical validity of these instruments. It is suggested that, although the instruments presently used to assist in diagnosing externalizing disorders generally possess adequate reliability and representational validity, evidence of elaborative validity is lacking. Clinicians and researchers are encouraged to adopt a broader conceptualization of the diagnostic process, to question existing standards for establishing validity, and to consider alternative means of demonstrating diagnostic utility.
DOI
10.1016/S0272-7358(98)00003-8
Citation Information
David Reitman, Regina Hummel, Diane Z. Franz and Alan M. Gross. "A Review of Methods and Instruments for Assessing Externalizing Disorders: Theoretical and Practical Considerations in Rendering a Diagnosis." Clinical Psychology Review Vol. 18 Iss. 5 (1998) p. 555 - 584 ISSN: 0272-7358
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/david-reitman/146/