You are about to take a test to determine whether you or someone you know (usually a young person who has already reached puberty) is suffering from Extended Childhood Disorder. It is designed to be completed by parents, school officials, or mental health professionals, and it can also be used for self-evaluation.
This disorder appears to be common among young people in the United States and other Western countries, and it may also persist well into adulthood. If the individual in question is angry, moody, depressed, or defiant, he or she may be suffering from this disorder.
The present test is being used for research purposes by Dr. Robert Epstein, one of America's most distinguished research psychologists (follow on Twitter at @DrREpstein). The disorder and its causes are described in detail in his recent book, Teen 2.0: Saving Our Children and Families from the Torment of Adolescence. At the present time, the test should not be used to make clinical diagnoses; however, test results may enhance an understanding of the problems of young people and the dysfunctional relationships that often exist between young adults and authority figures.If you are conducting research and would like to collect raw data for a group that is taking this test - for a business, research study, classroom activity, or other purpose - please see our Group Testing Instructions
If you are interested in teens, you might find three other tests designed by Dr. Epstein to be of interest: a new test of skills that are essential for parenting teens and preteens, accessible at TeenParentingSkills.com, a test of adult competence, accessible at HowAdultAreYou.com, and a test of infantilization, accessible at HowInfantilizedAreYou.com.
To take a comprehensive mental health screening test, visit DoYouNeedTherapy.com, where you can also get information about how to find a qualified therapist or counselor online.
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