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ERIC Number: EJ788218
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0279-6015
Direct Observational Assessment during Test Sessions and Child Clinical Interviews
McConaughy, Stephanie H.
School Psychology Review, v34 n4 p490-506 2005
Test sessions and child clinical interviews offer opportunities for direct observations of children's behavior in controlled settings. Moreover, standardized instruments for test session and interview observations offer more reliable and valid assessment methods than do anecdotal reports. This article reviews characteristics and psychometric properties of three standardized instruments for test session or interview observations: the Guide to Assessment of Test Session Behavior (GATSB; Glutting & Oakland, 1993), the Test Observation Form (TOF; McConaughy & Achenbach, 2004), and the Observation Form for the Semistructured Clinical Interview for Children and Adolescents (SCICA; McConaughy & Achenbach, 2001). Broader issues regarding situational specificity of children's behavior and need for multimethod assessment are also discussed, along with the advantages and limitations of standardized test session and interview observations. (Contains 4 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Individual Achievement Test; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children