Handbook of Clinical Child Psychology

Handbook of Clinical Child Psychology

Handbook of Clinical Child Psychology

Handbook of Clinical Child Psychology


The increasing focus on children's welfare has given rise to tremendous growth in the field of child psychology, and the past decade has witnessed significant advances in research in this area.


There have been many new and exciting developments in the field of clinical child psychology in the eighteen years since the publication of the first edition of this Handbook. Over the years, the Handbook has become a standard reference and guide for students, researchers, and clinicians in the field. Hence, the need became evident for a third edition. The fact that a third edition was needed after eight years rather than ten, as with the second, no doubt indicates the increasingly rapid development of the field.

As was the case with the first edition, the purpose of this present volume is to provide a text and reference work dealing in a comprehensive manner with the range of children's psychological problems that confront clinical child psychologists, pediatric psychologists, educators, child psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals. The chapters in this volume have been prepared with a view toward active professionals charged with the care of children. Thus, intervention and management have been emphasized. However, research in the relevant areas has not been slighted. In the majority of cases, the author(s) of the chapter is both a scholar and a clinician. The general format of each chapter provides the reader with practical suggestions and advice for high quality clinical practice combined with a scholarly review of research in the area, The goal has been to bridge the gap between research and practice.

The order of the sections follows from the logical progression of providing a basic background in child development, through diagnosis and treatment, to consideration of more specific disorders and topics. This book is based on the concept that psychological disorders of childhood are best understood in the context of human development. Thus, the chapters in Section One provide a background for conceptualizing both normal and abnormal development in children and their families.

Section Two provides basic information for the application of a wide range of assessment procedures available to the child psychologist in his or her armamentarium. Sections Three, Four, and Five are organized around the three general developmental stages of early life, childhood, and adolescence, respectively. These sections examine in detail the disorders most commonly confronting the clinical child psychologist working with children of that age. Some of the chapters in these sections contain only information about the age group under discussion (e.g., “Clinical Problems of Birth, the Neonate, and the Infant”). Others (e.g., “Psychosomatic Problems in Children”) contain some references to such problems in older and/or younger groups but have been placed in this section because most of the unique information needed by the clinical child psychologist pertains to this age group. However, this unique body of information is placed in context with respect to information for the other age groups. Section Six elaborates intervention strategies generally used in clinical child practice. The coverage of these procedures is broad and reflects a wide variety of practices. Finally, Section Seven, on special topics, is an attempt to reflect the developing areas of clinical child psychology. Chapter topics were chosen to reflect the new and innovative issues of social, ethical, clinical, and practical importance to the child, family, and clinician.

The third edition was written on the level of the advanced graduate student and professional. This Handbook can be used as a primary text for courses in child psychopathology/treatment as well as in the clinical child practicum portions of training received by advanced graduate students. Additionally, it is hoped that the third edition will prove useful as a reference for practicing clinical child psychologists as well as for related professionals dealing with children and families in a variety of settings (e.g., medicine, social work, education . . .

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