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Introduction

Human behaviour takes place in both a temporal and social context. Psychological development refers to the temporal context, and deals with (dis)continuous progression, increasing complexity and non-entropy of behaviours, cognitions and emotions. Development dominates the first half of life, and is latent in the second half. It refers to behavioural changes that cannot be instantly turned back. Firstly, in this contribution, characteristics and purposes of assessment and of development are described. Secondly, the role of developmental constructs and test theory for assessment of behavioural development are both discussed. Thirdly, instruments for assessing behavioural development, specifically in children, are described. Finally, some thoughts are presented on the future of assessment of development.

General and Developmental Assessment: Purposes

Assessment in general is characterized as solving a client's problem ...

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