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Academic Child Psychiatry Unit

Key Elements Of Assessment

  • Foundational theoretical model of research within the ACPU:

    [1] Risk and [2] resilience factors need to be determined at the levels of

    [a] clinical phenomena (symptoms and signs),

    [b] biological measures and

    [c] environmental measures

    The above risk and resilience factors need to be studied within and across specific developmental stages to determine whether they are stage-specific or stage-independent.  That is, a risk factor at one developmental stage may be a resilience factor at another.

    Level of inquiry

    NOTE FOR INFORMATION CONTAINED BELOW: These clinical, biological and environmental phenomena need to be assessed as risk or resilience factors at different developmental stages.

    Clinical phenomena symptoms and signs


    Biological phenomena
    IQ Verbal IQ, Performance IQ
    Language-based learning skills spelling, reading, arithmetic
    Neuropsychological constructs spatial memory, spatial working memory
    Neurophysiological constructs pro-saccades, anti-saccades
    Brain neuronal networks fMRI parieto-frontal, fMRI temporo-frontal paradigms
    Molecular genetics
    (eg. COMT val/met polymorphism and working memory performance)
    canditate genes

    Environmental phenomena
    Parental symptoms psychopathology
    Parental relationships problem solving
    Family relationships adaptiveness
    Peer relationships confiding nature