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One of the most striking aspects of the epidemiology of depressive disorders is the rapid rise in incidence observed between the ages of 11 and 14. This book explores the developmental changes occurring during the transition from childhood into early adolescence in order to understand how vulnerability to depression develops. The authors focus on emotional development, which serves to encapsulate the cognitive, sexual, interpersonal and familial changes that occur during this life stage. This is an essential read for practicing psychiatrists and psychologists who work with early adolescents, along with academics and researchers interested in affective science or developmental psychology and psychopathology. Other professionals working with children and adolescents, including teachers, social workers, counsellors and family practice physicians will also find this a useful summary of the latest scientific developments that are shedding light on the vulnerabilities and opportunities particular to this critical stage of life.
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Reviewer: Arshdeep S. Jawandha, MBBS (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Colonial Foundation, explores the emotional development of adolescents and emergence of depressive disorders in this group, a topic that does not figure very prominently in adolescent psychiatry training programs.
Purpose: The editors hope that readers will develop an integrative perspective on adolescent development and risk of depression and build a developmentally based understanding of depression in this patient population. They also look at where the field may go in terms of future research, prevention, and early interventions.
Audience: Although a clear target audience is not identified, it appears to be clinicians/researchers who will design further empirical and conceptual work on the relationship between development and psychopathology during adolescence.
Features: This book proposes "domains" such as brain maturation, cognition, temperament, etc., that are critical to emotional development in adolescents. The normal development in a particular domain is explored and then paired with a chapter on those processes and vulnerabilities that exist in that domain. Within each chapter, gender and cultural differences, as well as the risk of bipolar disorder, are addressed. The first section describes changes in emotional experience and prevalence of depressive disorders. Adolescent brain development, pubertal sexual development, cognitive development, temperament, familial processes, social and moral emotions, peer and romantic relations are then discussed. Charts, tables, diagrams, and some functional scans help explain the topic a little better. The book is a slow and somewhat dry read.
Assessment: Those interested in further understanding the development of emotions and depression in adolescents will find this book useful. For everyday practitioners, it also could offer interesting perspectives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521869393
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2008
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas B. Allen is Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Lisa B. Sheeber is a Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute, USA.

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Table of Contents

1 The importance of affective development for the emergence of depressive disorders during adolescence Nicholas B. Allen Allen, Nicholas B. Lisa B. Sheeber Sheeber, Lisa B. 1

2 The daily emotional experience of adolescents: are adolescents more emotional, why, and how is that related to depression? Reed W. Larson Larson, Reed W. Lisa B. Sheeber Sheeber, Lisa B. 11

3 Epidemiology of mood disorders during adolescence: implications for lifetime risk John R. Seeley Seeley, John R. Peter M. Lewinsohn Lewinsohn, Peter M. 33

4 Pubertal development in early adolescence: implications for affective processes Laura M. DeRose DeRose, Laura M. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne 56

5 Pubertal and neuroendocrine development and risk for depression Julia A. Graber Graber, Julia A. 74

6 Mapping brain maturation and sexual dimorphism in adolescence Tomas Paus Paus, Tomas 92

7 Neurobiological processes in depressive disorders: links with adolescent brain development Erika E. Forbes Forbes, Erika E. Jennifer S. Silk Silk, Jennifer S. Ronald E. Dahl Dahl, Ronald E. 116

8 The development of executive cognitive function and emotion regulation in adolescence Amanda Kesek Kesek, Amanda Philip David Zelazo Zelazo, Philip David Marc D. Lewis Lewis, Marc D. 135

9 Cognitive factors in depressive disorders: a developmental perspective Christopher S. Monk Monk, Christopher S. Daniel S. Pine Pine, Daniel S. 156

10 Empathy and moral emotions Nancy Eisenberg Eisenberg, Nancy Amanda Sheffield Morris Morris, Amanda Sheffield Julie Vaughan Vaughan, Julie 174

11 Shame, self-criticism, and self-compassion in adolescence Paul Gilbert Gilbert, Paul Chris Irons Irons, Chris 195

12Temperament in early adolescence Ann V. Sanson Sanson, Ann V. Primrose Letcher Letcher, Primrose Diana Smart Smart, Diana 215

13 Temperament and risk for mood disorders in adolescents Daniel N. Klein Klein, Daniel N. Lea R. Dougherty Dougherty, Lea R. Rebecca S. Laptook Laptook, Rebecca S. Thomas M. Olino Olino, Thomas M. 238

14 Familial processes related to affective development Erin C. Hunter Hunter, Erin C. Danielle M. Hessler Hessler, Danielle M. Lynn Fainsilber Katz Katz, Lynn Fainsilber 262

15 Adolescent mood disorders and familial processes Martha C. Tompson Tompson, Martha C. James W. McKowen McKowen, James W. Joan Rosenbaum Asarnow Asarnow, Joan Rosenbaum 280

16 The role of peer and romantic relationships in adolescent affective development Wyndol Furman Furman, Wyndol Christine McDunn McDunn, Christine Brennan J. Young Young, Brennan J. 299

17 Peer relations, friendships, and romantic relationships: implications for the development and maintenance of depression in adolescents Annette M. La Greca La Greca, Annette M. Joanne Davila Davila, Joanne Rebecca Siegel Siegel, Rebecca 318

18 Towards a developmental psychopathology of adolescent-onset depression: implications for research and intervention Nicholas B. Allen Allen, Nicholas B. Lisa B. Sheeber Sheeber, Lisa B. 337

Index 351

Color plate section is between pages 144 and 145

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