Assessment of Disruptive Behavior Disorders in Anxiety

  • Natoshia Raishevich Cunningham
  • Jennifer C. Wolff
  • Matthew A. Jarrett


A substantial proportion of children with anxiety disorders have comorbid or secondary disruptive behavior problems. Assessing these conditions, and determining the boundaries of disruptive behavior from anxiety, is necessary for comprehensive treatment implementation. This chapter reviews the major approaches for assessing disruptive behavior disorders including clinical structured and semi-structured interviews, rating scales, functional analysis, and behavioral observations. An illustrative case study is presented highlighting the methods described.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Conduct Disorder Generalize Anxiety Disorder Oppositional Defiant Disorder Specific Phobia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Natoshia Raishevich Cunningham
    • 1
  • Jennifer C. Wolff
    • 2
  • Matthew A. Jarrett
    • 3
  1. 1.Behavioral Medicine and Clinical PsychologyCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA
  2. 2.Warren Alpert Medical SchoolBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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