PSMA008 Psychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Hana Jahnová (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Iva Burešová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Iva Burešová, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jarmila Valchářová
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Fri 9. 4. 8:00–13:40 K21, Fri 16. 4. 8:00–13:40 K21, Fri 30. 4. 8:00–13:40 K21, Fri 14. 5. 8:00–13:40 K21
Knowledge of the topics and literature covered by the following courses is expected: Methodology of Psychology; Developmental Psychology; and Psychological Assessment of Adults. Students are expected to participate actively on classroom discussions in semiars and submit a semester paper. Students can only take the final exam if they complete 100% attendence on seminars and submit the semester paper in time.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The purpose of the course is to provide students with an overview and general theoretical background of assessment procedures and tools used by professional psychologists, and allow students to acquire some practical experience with some of the most frequently used tools in psychological assessment of children and adolescents. Students are expected to participate actively on seminars, sharing their own experience with assessment methods they have already encountered (e.g. during an internship, in research, etc.).
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, students will be able to:
- give an overview of currently available tools for psychological assessment of children and adolescents;
- adequately choose assessment tools and procedures for basic research and assessment purposes;
- understand results and diagnostic conclusions based on some of the frequently used types of psychological assessment tools;
- formulate diagnostic hypotheses based on the results of psychological assessment.
  • 1. Basic terminology
  • 2. Psychometric properties of psychological assessment tools
  • 3. Special considerations in psychological assessment of children
  • 4. Basic types of assessment tools and procedures
  • 5. Unstandardized methods of clinical assessment: Clinical observation; clinical interview; case histories; spontaneous products
  • 6. Standardized test methods: Tools and batteries for assessing development, intelligence, specific abilities, knowledge and skills; neuropsychological assessment tools and batteries; projective tests; analyses of drawings; questionnaires; objective personality tests of personality; rating scales
  • 7. Psychological assessment report and other documentation
  • 8. Practical presentation of most frequently used assessment tools
    required literature
  • SVOBODA, Mojmír, Dana KREJČÍŘOVÁ and Marie VÁGNEROVÁ. Psychodiagnostika dětí a dospívajících. (Psychogiagnostics of Child and Adolescents). 2nd ed. Praha: Portál, 2009. 792 pp. Studium. ISBN 978-80-7367-566-0. info
    recommended literature
  • VÁGNEROVÁ, Marie and Jarmila KLÉGROVÁ. Poradenská psychologická diagnostika dětí a dospívajících. Vydání první. Praha: Univerzita Karlova v Praze, nakladatelství Karolinum, 2008. 538 stran. ISBN 9788024615387. info
  • ŘÍČAN, Pavel and Dana KREJČÍŘOVÁ. Dětská klinická psychologie. 4., přeprac. a dopl. vyd. Praha: Grada, 2006. 603 s. ISBN 8024710498. info
  • ŠÍPEK, Jiří. Projektivní metody. Vyd. 1. Praha: ISV nakladatelství, 2000. 114 s. ISBN 80-85866-53-6. info
  • KOLUCHOVÁ, Jarmila and Svatopluk MORÁVEK. Psychologická diagnostika dětí a mládeže [Koluchová, 1991]. Vyd. 2. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého, 1991. 175 s. info
  • Příručky k testům
Teaching methods
Lessons take place once every other week. They consist of lectures, student presentations, discussions, and demonstrations of the use of assessment tools. Lectures are followed by compulsory seminars. Schedules for individual seminar groups are announced before the start of the semester.
Assessment methods
The course is completed by a written exam. Prior to the exam students are required to submit a written paper with the length of min. 3 pgs. Working in pairs, each student will complete a psychological assessment of their fellow student using the appropriate assessment tool. In the semester paper, the students should describe an assessment tool for children/adolescents they have experience with, including theoretical foundations on which the tool is based, administration procedure, scoring, interpretation, subjective impression/reflection, and references.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 2 hod. před. a a 2 hod. sem. 1 x 14 dní.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2022.
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