chapter  II
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Diagnostic Interviews and Rating Scales

Many interview and behavior rating instruments have been devel­ oped for clinical research and the evaluation of children and adoles­ cents. Since the first edition of this Guide, scales have been developed or improved for a variety of areas. The time-honored home and classroom ratings for hyperactivity have been extended to include adolescence (Conners, 1985). Newer scales now cover Mood Disorders and Eating Disorders. In addition, several special­ ized scales for Pervasive Developmental Disorders and ObsessiveCompulsive Disorder reflect recent treatment research on these conditions. Increasingly, clinicians are supplementing clinical inter­ views with either structured interviews or appropriate rating scales (e.g., the Conners rating scales of hyperactivity).