ERIC Number: EJ776313
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Depression in Latency-Age Children: A Guide for School Social Workers
Woolley, Michael E.; Curtis, Hannah W.
Children & Schools, v29 n4 p209-218 2007
Schools are a primary setting for the provision of services to children with social, emotional, and behavioral problems. School social workers serve a vital role in identifying, assessing, serving, and referring students suffering from myriad mental health problems, including depression. Starting with a discussion of gathering valid assessment data from and about latency-age children, ages six to 12, this article reviews available self-report instruments for assessing depression in children, with a focus on those instruments most appropriate for use by school social workers. A table detailing eight such instruments is presented, including information about reliability, validity, supporting research, and where they can be accessed. The authors identify three such instruments that are particularly suited to the needs of school social workers, which are described in more detail.
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Social Work, Depression (Psychology), School Social Workers, Mental Health, Referral, Measurement Techniques, Evaluation Methods, Validity, Reliability, Children
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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