Mental health assessments refers to formal assessments used to screen, diagnose, and identify effective interventions for young children at risk or identified with mental health concerns. This entry (a) defines diagnostic criteria used to inform mental health service providers, (b) describes common screening tools used to identify young children at risk for mental health concerns, (c) presents common diagnostic instruments used to inform psychiatric diagnoses of mental health disorders, and (d) discusses assessments to be used when considering intervention approaches for a young child at risk or identified with a mental health concern.


Identifying young children considered at risk for mental and behavioral health concerns has gained substantial empirical attention over the last three decades. Most research has focused on the efficacy of screening tools and ...

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