The MPAS-ChA is for mental health assessment of children and adolescents across the full developmental spectrum, including intellectual disability. Like the MPAS-ID (see p.36), the MPAS-ChA uses a scoring system that provides a single score for each of the diagnostic constellations, each of the constellations having a corresponding threshold. If the child or young person reaches or exceeds the threshold it is probable that they warrant a diagnosis in that constellation. However, a strong emphasis is placed on the importance of expert clinical judgement when interpreting the scores in relation to other pieces of information, e.g. history, environment, and family factors.
The MPAS-ChA provides a semi-structured interview format in which the young person may contribute to whatever degree they are able, or it may be conducted by informant interview only. Question wordings, symptom definitions and glossary notes were developed by clinical experts from Canada and the UK. Updated from the original ChA-PAS Interview, all necessary symptoms for ICD 11 and DSM-5 diagnoses are included.
Fully compliant with DSM-5 and ICD-11, the MPAS-ChA covers:
- Anxiety disorder
- Depressive episode
- Manic episode
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Conduct disorder
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Autistic spectrum
The assessment manual provides full guidance and comes with a starter pack of 20 score forms.
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Publication date: October 2019
The MPAS-ChA Handbook and Clinical Interview is for all those working with children with learning disabilities including child psychiatrists and psychologists, and educational psychologists. Social workers and counsellors with an interest in mental health will also find it a useful tool when working with children.
The Moss Psychiatric Assessment Schedules
The Moss Psychiatric Assessment Schedules (MPAS) are the successors to the well known PASADD system. The original Psychiatric Assessment Schedule for Adults with Developmental Disabilities was developed to provide improved patient interviewing for adults with intellectual disability, and over the years the name became synonymous with mental health assessment in people with intellectual disability. Since those early days, the author has continued to develop new assessments, and to train several thousand people in their use round the world. The insight and feedback from these users has enabled ongoing refinement of the questions, and improvements in the descriptions of symptoms in various levels of severity. The result of this 30 years of development is a set of assessments of unparalleled quality and ease of use. The series now includes versions for adults and children, both with intellectual disability, and of normal developmental level. Coming soon will be an expert interview designed specifically for forensic use.
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