Prior to the assessment of schizophrenia in children and adolescents, there are important considerations to be addressed by the parents of youths exhibiting behavior problems . These considerations relate to problem of aberrant behavior in the child, and the process outlined in this discussion reflects the evolving awareness of the problem of schizophrenia as it is experienced by the parents of the child suspected to be schizophrenic. These are precursors to what may culminate in the need for formal psychological assessment for the diagnosis of schizophrenia. The process outlined herein reflects the need for cognizance of the meaning of the behavior of the parents’ child or adolescent, and this cognizance may be obtained gradually.
Schizophrenia in children and adolescents is of serious concern to parents who are likely to be reluctant and terrified or outraged and indignant in even considering the possibility of this diagnosis as representing their child.
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