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Observational Assessment of the Dyad

  • Sherryl Scott HellerEmail author
  • Kate Wasserman
  • Anna Kelley
  • Roseanne Clark
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Abstract

Assessment procedures for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers should include caregiver interviews, caregiver-report questionnaires, observational coding procedures, and collateral reports (i.e., medical, child care, etc.). This multimodal assessment approach provides clinicians a systematic means to incorporate the many factors that impact an infant’s clinical presentation. The prior chapter focuses on one aspect of a multimodal psychiatric evaluation, specifically observing the dyadic interaction. In this chapter, we outline key considerations regarding instrument selection, application and interpretation, and provide an in-depth list of dyadic observational measures which have been found to have useful clinical applications.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sherryl Scott Heller
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kate Wasserman
    • 2
  • Anna Kelley
    • 1
  • Roseanne Clark
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral MedicineTulane University Medical SchoolNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.University of Maryland School of Social WorkBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.School of Medicine and Public HealthUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

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