Child and Adolescent Psychopathology: Theoretical and Clinical Implications

Child and Adolescent Psychopathology: Theoretical and Clinical Implications

Child and Adolescent Psychopathology: Theoretical and Clinical Implications

Child and Adolescent Psychopathology: Theoretical and Clinical Implications

Synopsis

How do biological and environmental factors influence the development of childhood and adolescent disorders?

There has been a substantial increase of interest in research into child and adolescent psychopathology. In this book, Cecilia Essau brings together contributions from the UK, the US and Canada to provide a comprehensive summary of the information available on the subject.

Beginning with an introduction to general issues related to child and adolescent psychopathology, including theoretical models of normal and abnormal development, each chapter goes on to address the issues associated with specific disorders, such as:

  • oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder
  • attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • eating disorders
  • substance use disorders
  • somatoform disorders.

The contributors present a thorough overview of each disorder, including discussion of definition and classification, epidemiology, risk factors, comorbidity, course, outcome and prevention.

Child & Adolescent Psychopathologywill be welcomed by all mental health professionals seeking a reliable source of scientifically and clinically relevant information on the nature and treatment of child and adolescent disorders.

Excerpt

There has been a substantial increase of interest and research in child and adolescent psychopathology. There are numerous reasons for the amount of attention in this area. First, as many as 22 percent of those below 18 years of age have had some type of psychiatric disorder. Second, the scope of impairment among children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders is profound, including impaired educational achievement, poor social relationship, and depending on the type of disorders, may involve multiple legal systems and special education. Third, the presence of one disorder tends to increase the risk of developing comorbid disorders. Finally, some disorders which occur in childhood not only often continue into adulthood, but also have a lifelong consequence.

Given these findings, literature regarding child and adolescent psychopathology is accumulating at a fast rate. Yet, when mental health professionals need information which is scientifically and clinically relevant, their search often results in frustration. With this in mind, the aim of this volume is to provide a comprehensive summary of the state-of-the-art information on child and adolescent psychopathology.

The first chapter covers general issues related to child and adolescent psychopathology, including theoretical models of normal and abnormal development. The next ten chapters address specific child and adolescent psychopathology: oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, somatoform disorders, autism, and learning disorders. The topics covered in each chapter include: definition and classification, epidemiology, risk factors, comorbidity, course and outcome, and prevention/intervention. Given that this volume is to honor the work of Peter M. Lewinsohn, one chapter focuses on the theoretical implications of his work on depression.

This volume is conceptualized as a tool for advanced students, researchers and other professionals working in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, pediatrics, social work, and other mental health professions. Researchers and professionals working in clinical practice will find this book useful because of its wide coverage, ranging from epidemiology and risk factors through intervention, of the wide range of child and adolescent psychopathology. Advanced students will benefit from a broad review of child and adolescent psychopathology.

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