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    Measurement issues: measures of infant mental health

    Szaniecki, E. and Barnes, Jacqueline (2016) Measurement issues: measures of infant mental health. Child and Adolescent Mental Health 21 (1), pp. 64-74. ISSN 1475-357X.

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    Abstract

    Background: Emotional and behavioural problems emerging in very young children can represent a challenge to the child and family and warrant early identification and appropriate support or intervention. Diagnostic systems are being developed that allow for specific difficulties to be identified and this review summarises them. The review describes the psychometric properties and potential for use in clinical practice of a range of instruments and methods that are available to identify infant mental health difficulties, and which may be suitable for use in primary care settings, including observations, questionnaires and checklists. Conclusions: While debate continues about whether infant mental health problems can or should be identified, the use of standardised tools may help clinicians to compare observations of infants so that those emerging as atypical can receive additional attention, reflecting a more targeted approach to primary care services (DH 2009; DH 2010).

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the above DOI. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Infancy, measurement, mental health, assessment
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Children, Families and Social Issues, Institute for the Study of
    Depositing User: Jacqueline Barnes
    Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 11:48
    Last Modified: 05 Dec 2016 11:52
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/12408

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