Handbook of Psychological Services for Children and Adolescents

Handbook of Psychological Services for Children and Adolescents

Handbook of Psychological Services for Children and Adolescents

Handbook of Psychological Services for Children and Adolescents

Synopsis

This handbook provides a comprehensive discussion of the key elements which should be part of any successful programme tailored to the needs of children with diagnosable mental, behavioural, or emotional disorders. The overall goal of the book is to provide an overview of the psychological services available to children and adolescents in school and services community settings. The book is divided into five parts: "Framing the Issues," "Delivering Psychological Services in Diverse Settings," "Preventive Interventions," "Treatments with Specific Populations," and "System-Level Consultation."

Excerpt

The first issue is the overall growth in the population of children (defined as individuals under the age of 18). According to the 1998 Kids Count Data Book (Annie E. Casey Foundation, 1998), the population of children under age 18 in the United States was slightly over 69 million in 1996, and it is expected to increase by about 4% to almost 72 million by year 2005. Even more significant is the fact that the population of children between the ages of 13 and 17 is expected to increase by 12% during this same time period (from 18,973,200 to 21,223,800). Because it is the adolescent population that is most likely to be the recipient of mental health and other related services, this by itself speaks to an increasing need.

The Kids Count Data Book (Annie E. Casey Foundation, 1998) also indicates that in 23 states and the District of Columbia an increase of 10% or more is projected in the population of children between 13 and 17 years of age from 1996 to 2005. Of the five states that have the largest populations of children (California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Illinois), the growth rate during this time period for 13- to 17-year-olds will be 16% or greater in four states (the exception is Illinois . . .

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