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This comprehensive, research-based introduction to childhood behavior disorders provides a sensitive and thorough examination of the field by covering its central issues, theories, and research methods, and providing descriptions and discussions of numerous disorders. Rich with illustrations and examples, it highlights the newest areas of research and clinical work, stressing supported treatments and the prevention of behavior problems. Sensitive to gender, cultural/race issues, and social influences, the newest edition of Behavior Disorders of Childhood continues to be the model book in the field. Topics include influences and risks in the developmental process, classification, assessment, and treatment, anxiety disorders, mood and conduct disorders, learning and language disorders, mental retardation, autism, and schizophrenia.   An excellent reference resource for anyone employed in the field of child psychology, child psychopathology, or teachers of special education, child counselors, and those in social work.

Disc. classification & assessment; specific disor- ders & their treatment; risk factors, prevention, research.

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A textbook for a course introducing childhood psychopathology. Wicks- Nelson (Marshall U., Huntington, West Virginia) and Israel (State U. of New York-Albany) assume that the developmental model can contribute much to understanding childhood behavior problems, that such problems are the result of interactions among variables, and that they require a systematic and scientific inquiry that combines empirical approaches and theoretical frameworks. Previous editions were published between 1984 and 1997. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131539082
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 6/24/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The developmental psychopathology perspective 18
3 Influences and risks in the developmental process 38
4 Research : its role and methods 72
5 Classification, assessment, and treatment 94
6 Anxiety disorders 123
7 Mood disorders 161
8 Conduct problems 194
9 Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder 240
10 Language and learning disorders 270
11 Mental retardation (mental disability) 303
12 Autism and schizophrenia 335
13 Disorders of basic physical functions 369
14 Psychological factors affecting medical condition 400
15 Prevention and evolving concerns for youth 423
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The preparation of this fifth edition of Behavior Disorders of Childhood provides us an opportunity to step back and examine again the progress that has been made in understanding behavioral disorders of youth. Although interest in and emphases on specific topics have changed over time, the march of progress certainly continues. In roughly one hundred years, the study of young people and their wellbeing has moved from relative ignorance to considerable knowledge about human development in general and behavioral disorder more specifically. During the lifetime of this text we have been fortunate to participate in a challenging and exciting field of study. We have tried in this fifth edition to continue to capture the search for understanding of the behavioral problems experienced by youth and to convey both what is known and what is yet to be known.

This edition of Behavior Disorders of Childhood largely follows in the footsteps of its predecessors. Designed as a relatively comprehensive introduction to the field of behavior disorders of childhood and adolescence, it includes central issues, theoretical and methodological underpinnings, descriptions and discussions of disorders and common problems, clinical information and research data, assessment, and treatment approaches. As is usually the case for a work of this kind, space limitation demands some selectivity of content.

Three major themes, or predilections, continue to be woven throughout the text. Their importance has stood the test of time. The first is a developmental psychopathology approach and the assumption that understanding developmental context can contribute much to understanding behavioralproblems of youth. This perspective is articulated in early chapters and guides the presentation of material regarding the specific disorders discussed in subsequent chapters.

Obvious throughout the book is the view that behavioral problems are the result of transactions among variables. With few if any exceptions, behavior stems from multiple influences and their continuous interactions. The influences of biological structure and function, genetic transmission, cognition, social and emotional factors, family, peers, social class and community, ethnicity/race, culture, and situational settings can be expected to come into play.

Our third bias is toward empirical approaches and the theoretical frameworks that rely heavily on the scientific method. We believe that the complexity of human behavior calls for systematic conceptualization and observation, data collection, and hypothesis testing. The results of research thus are a critical component of virtually all chapters. Also recognized in this text is that problems of the young are intricately tied to broad social and cultural values and practices regarding issues such as poverty, ethnicity/race, and gender, as well as standards for behavior, conceptualizations of dysfunction, and treatment. Many of these issues are incorporated into discussions throughout the text, including poverty's effects, gender differences, the impact of parental divorce and child maltreatment, the ethics of research, the use of medications in treating children, and educational inclusion. Discussions of such topics often make clear the importance of research in informing social and ethical choices.

The text is not formally broken into sections, but it will be apparent that the first five chapters present a broad overview of the field, including basic concepts, historical context, developmental context and influences, theoretical perspectives, research methodology, classification/diagnosis, and approaches to treatment. All of these chapters draw heavily on the psychological literature, and they also show the multidisciplinary nature of the study of the problems of youth. We assume that most readers will have some background in psychology, but we have made an effort to serve those who may have relatively limited background and experience.

Chapters 6 through 14 discuss specific behavior disorders: anxiety, depression, conduct problems, attention deficit-hyperactivity, specific learning disorders, mental retardation, autism, and schizophrenia, to name major categories. Definition and description, prevalence, developmental course and outcome, causal hypotheses, assessment, and intervention are discussed in varying detail. The chapters are similar but not identical in organization, reflecting what is currently of most interest and what is best established. Chapter 15, the closing chapter, focuses on evolving concerns for youth, including the need for and progress being made in preventing behavioral disorders.

To those of you familiar with the previous edition of this text, we draw attention to specific changes that have been made in this edition. Chapter 2 describes the developmental psychopathology approach and select developmental topics, and Chapter 3 is devoted to risks and influences on development. These changes reflect a fresh emphasis on the developmental context of behavioral disorders rather than a dramatic change of content. The overview of treatment now appears in Chapter 5. Chapter 7 is completely devoted to mood disorders, with peer influences discussed in several chapters throughout the text. Finally, the ordering of the chapters on language/learning disorders and mental retardation has been reversed. Mental retardation now precedes discussion of autism/schizophrenia, all of which are among the most pervasive, severe, and continuing problems of youth.

The thoughtful evaluations and suggestions of the following reviewers are much appreciated: Lee A. Rosen, Colorado State University; Lawrence Lewandowski, Syracuse University; Mary Ellen Fromuth, Middle Tennessee State University; Harriet Cobb, James Madson University; Cheryl A. Nolte, George Mason University; Rick Medlin, Stetson University; Emily Davidson, Texas A & M University; Debra Schweisow, Creighton University; Matthew Paradise, UNC Greensboro; Jennifer Lento, University of San Diego; Janine Wanlass, Westminster College; and Daniel Graybill, Illinois State University.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Susan Chalmers and Alta Nate Colwell-Hosley, both of whom helped with portions of this edition. We particularly acknowledge the multiple and dedicated efforts of Melissa Them. Her work in locating and helping to generate material for this volume, and in otherwise facilitating the preparation of the manuscript, was invaluable. And continuing thanks to Sara and Daniel for their caring, support, and patience.

Finally, we note that the order of authorship was originally decided by a flip of the coin to reflect our equal contributions. In all of our work we have shared equally.

Rita Wicks-Nelson
Allen C. Israel

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