Integration of Physical and Psychiatric Assessment

Veronica C. Doran, Jamesetta A. Newland

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter describes the elements that make up a comprehensive psychiatric-mental health assessment of children and adolescents. This assessment can be used in primary care settings to help identify children and adolescents in need of mental health services. Key areas include history taking, physical examination process, risk, protective factors, teaching needs of the child or adolescent and family, and ways to communicate the assessment findings to the patient and family and, if appropriate, the school so that they are able to pursue appropriate treatment as needed. The chapter provides advanced practice registered nurses and other primary care practitioners (PCPs) in primary care and mental health settings with a way to systematically approach the assessment of the behavioral and mental health of their patients. It aims to assist PCPs with the knowledge and confidence to proceed with their evaluation of the child's history, behavior, complaints, school performance, social skills, family functioning, and available resources for care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChild and Adolescent Behavioral Health
Subtitle of host publicationA Resource for Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Primary Care Practitioners in Nursing
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9781119487593
ISBN (Print)9781119487579
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • adolescents
  • assessment tools
  • physical examination
  • primary care practitioners
  • psychiatric-mental health assessment
  • school-age children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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