Emotional assessment refers to the assessment of a client’s emotional functioning. Emotional functioning is a broad term which refers to the client’s preferred style of interaction (personality and temperament), self-concept and perception of others (family and friends) and the perception of the environment they function in.
The aim of emotional assessments is to assess the different aspects of the clients emotional functioning and experience of his/her self as a person and the environment he/she function. Areas that may be evaluated include: subjective experience of the client of him/her self and significant relationships, nature of emotional attachment in various relationships, broad screening of motor and perceptual functioning and screening of possible emotional and physical trauma.
Emotional assessments were developed to detect emotional difficulties and behavioral disorders. Emotional problems can contribute to learning difficulties, behavioral problems, relationship problems and psychological problems like anxiety and depression as well as physical problems and the inability to deal with scholastic or occupational environment.
Client’s experience various emotional or physical trauma’s throughout life. As we grow older, we develop an emotional vocabulary to verbalize the feelings and emotions we are facing. This expression of emotions give others the opportunity the give empathy through understanding and create a sense of connectiveness. However, children often does not have the emotional vocabulary to express what they are feeling. This leave parent/s, legal guardians, caregivers and educators in the dark of the emotional impact children might be sitting with.
Often child behave in ways which might be viewed as naughty, disrespectful, malicious, defiant or withdrawn or they might even present with physical symptoms like stomach pains, nausea and vomiting. An emotional assessment might offer children a way to express their feelings which can be accurately interpreted . This can create great emotional relief and optimized parent-child relationships as well as expand a child’s emotional understanding of themselves and others.
Emotional assessments might be particularly helpful for clients who have been abused, neglected, bullied or have had trouble coping with adjustments in the family environment (e.g. the birth of an additional sibling). A variety of techniques are included in the emotional assessment which may include: person centered interviewing, projective techniques, sentence completion and fantasy techniques.
Emotional assessments are done in order to make recommendations that will be in the client’s best interest and to promote optimal relationships with families and friends.
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