Coimbra University, Portugal
Child and adolescent assessment: The need for an ecological perspective

Tatiana Carvalho Homem, Phd in Clinical Psychology (Faculty of Psychology, University of Coimbra, Portugal). Professor of Child and Developmental Psychopathology at Universidade Lusófona (Lisbon), member of the Incredible years Portuguese team at the University of Coimbra (Faculty of Psychology) and child and adolescent clinical psychologist. For the last 8 years, she has been working with the Incredible Years Programmes, both as a researcher and a group leader. She has published papers about the efficacy of these programs in Portugal and has become a certified group leader and a supervisor for the Basic Parents Programmme. Her main areas of interest are parenting, conjugality, fathers involvement in parental interventions and behavior problems in preschool and school ages.

One of the purposes of children/adolescent assessment is to obtain an accurate picture of the nature and extent of their behavioral difficulties, functional impairment, and/or subjective distress, as well as to identify potential individual, family, or environmental factors that may account for, influence, or ameliorate these difficulties. In order to pursue this goals, and according to an ecological perspective, the behavioral and socio-emotional assessment of children/adolescents must take in consideration children and parents perspectives. In this symposium results about different measures for the assessment of children and adolescents which are being studied in Portugal will be presented.

In the first communication, data regarding the Portuguese version of the People in My Life scale (PIML) will be presented. This scale has proved to be a valid measure of the children and adolescents’ perception of (in)security in terms of trust, communication and alienation in the context of the parents and peers relationships. In the second presentation data regarding validation of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire to the Portuguese population using data from different samples collected will be examined. Finally, in the third communication, correlations between mothers and fathers when completing PKBS (Preschool and Kindergarten Behavior Scales ) will be discussed.