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J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2005 Sep;34(3):380-411.

Evidence-based assessment of anxiety and its disorders in children and adolescents.

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Child and Family Psychosocial Research Center, Department of Psychology, Florida International University, Miami 33199, USA.


We provide an overview of where the field currently stands when it comes to having evidence-based methods and instruments available for use in assessing anxiety and its disorders in children and adolescents. Methods covered include diagnostic interview schedules, rating scales, observations, and self-monitoring forms. We also discuss the main purposes or goals of assessment and indicate which methods and instruments have the most evidence for accomplishing these goals. We also focus on several specific issues that need continued research attention for the field to move forward toward an evidence-based assessment approach. Finally, tentative recommendations are made for conducting an evidence-based assessment for anxiety and its disorders in children and adolescents. Directions for future research also are discussed.

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