Multiaxial classification in child and adolescent mental health – a reaffirmation of benefit and practical applications

Mayall, Mark, McDermott, Brett, Sadhu, Raja, and Husodo, Cortney (2021) Multiaxial classification in child and adolescent mental health – a reaffirmation of benefit and practical applications. Australasian Psychiatry, 29 (5). pp. 493-497.

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Abstract

Objective: Classification systems and their practical implications have become increasingly important in child and adolescent psychiatry. This paper presents the evolution and practical applications of a multiaxial classification system for children and adolescents presenting to mental health services. Included are some worked examples demonstrating both the complexity of many presentations and how broadening the use of the multiaxial system can help in identifying appropriate interventions.

Conclusions: Classification systems in child and adolescent psychiatry have largely remained uniaxial in nature. A multiaxial system encapsulates the broader biopsychosocial aspects of the presenting child or adolescent, and orders complex data in a concise manner. This approach can be used to concisely communicate with other treating clinicians, and assist with case reviews, formulation and teaching.

Item ID: 70100
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1665
Keywords: child and adolescent mental health, child and adolescent psychiatry, classification, multiaxial
Copyright Information: © The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2021
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2022 03:52
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