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Personality Assessment

  • By: Howard M. Knoff
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

As it currently stands, the assessment of child and adolescent personality involves two predominant activities for school psychologists:

  • To identify and provide services to emotionally disturbed students as part of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • To better understand the significant number of social–emotional and behavioral problems that nonspecial education students manifest in today's schools and communities

But, more functionally, personality assessment should provide pragmatic recommendations and action plans that decrease or resolve current child and adolescent problems such that they can be prevented in the future. Moreover, from a health and mental health perspective, personality assessment should also provide parents and educators with insight and direction into such problems as truancy; drug abuse; dropping out; teenage pregnancy; suicide; and the emotional impacts of divorce, ...

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