chapter  12
18 Pages

Personality Disorders among Children and Adolescents: Are Euphemistic Labels Hindering Time-Sensitive Interventions?

Suzie is a 13-year-old female who was referred for a school evaluation by her middle school teachers. Her mother came to the school meetings unwillingly and initially refused an evaluation. Rather than alienate and anger the mother further, it was decided to allow them to get an “outside” evaluation by a clinician of their choosing if they disagreed with the comprehensive findings of the school. The impetus and demand behind the present evaluation was that Suzie would receive homebound instruction until she had a psychological evaluation since her behavior had become a threat to others. Suzie’s mother voiced her belief that the evaluation demand was “just so much bull-t,” and just meant to “hassle” her and her daughter; however, she agreed to an evaluation.