Psychosocial assessment of the family in the clinical setting.

Affiliation

Department of Pediatrics, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 982167 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, Omaha, NE, 98198-2167, USA. [Email]

Abstract

Children develop in the context of the family. Family functioning prominently shapes the psychosocial adaptation and mental health of the child. Several family psychosocial risk factors have been shown to increase the risk of behavioral problems in children. Early identification of families with psychosocial profiles associated with a higher risk of having children with behavioral problems may be valuable for targeting these children for prevention and early intervention services.