Academic journal article East Asian Archives of Psychiatry

Psychiatric Interview of Children and Adolescents

Academic journal article East Asian Archives of Psychiatry

Psychiatric Interview of Children and Adolescents

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Authors: Claudio Cepeda, Lucille Gotanco American Psychiatric Association Publishing US$79.00; pp514; ISBN: 978-1-61537-048-1

Child and adolescent psychiatry trainee doctors often find it is extremely difficult to elicit symptoms from children of different ages and developmental levels, especially when the whole family and other partners or carers are involved. Drs Cepeda and Gotanco's excellent book illustrates these complex interviewing skills with clinical case examples as well as samples of good and bad questions. The art and skill of engagement, diagnostic interviewing, formulation, feedback, and developing an effective treatment plan are all well-crafted to provide junior doctors with a comprehensive and real-life guide for clinical practice while experienced doctors are offered further consolidation.

The chapters on special interviewing techniques provide a useful toolbox when standard protocols are ineffective. There are rich and useful illustrations of the techniques for limit setting, physical holding, confrontation techniques, the good and the bad, interviewing in displacement, role reversal, role enactment, double-chair techniques, nonverbal techniques, drawing and play techniques. This array of invaluable clinical skills and experience can enhance the clinician's capacity to engage in difficult situations.

All different categories of symptom presentation, internalising or externalising, neurotic or psychotic or organic are evaluated at different developmental levels in the book. There is a chapter dedicated to neuropsychiatric interview and examination that many readers will find important but difficult to carry out for this age-group. …

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