The Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation is pleased to offer parents and treating professionals an illustrated child-report called The Jeannie and Jeffrey Illustrated Interview for Children. This screening instrument was developed for use with children under 12 years old. It takes approximately 15 minutes to answer the questions.
Children rarely have words to describe what they are feeling so powerfully inside. The Jeannie and Jeffrey Interview provides the psychiatrist, therapist, and parent insight into a child's internal world, so that the child feels less isolated and alone. This allows medical and therapeutic interventions to be tailored to each child's concerns and subjective feelings, as well as to his or her behaviors.
The Jeannie and Jeffrey Interview is available free of charge to all. Once completed by a child, the answers to the questions can be printed out, with or without the illustrations, and taken to the diagnosing or treating professional.
New service! The JBRF has sponsored the development of an automatic scoring report of the The Jeannie and Jeffrey Illustrated Interview for Children. Parents and clinicians may create an account with JBRF and purchase this report using PayPal.
The result is a printed score sheet for the questionnaire listing important scores and their indications, as well as dimensions of impairment indicated by item responses. Parents will print this score sheet directly from the website.
Parents, please note: Once completed, the interview or score sheet should be submitted to the professional evaluating and/or treating the child. Only an experienced diagnostician with a full understanding of the family history, as well as the symptoms and behaviors that the child exhibits, is qualified to make a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
Illustrated by Karl Gude, director of graphic design at Newsweek magazine
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