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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Geri R. Donenberg, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book contains 16 chapters covering five domains of childhood disorders: behavioral (e.g., conduct and oppositional defiant disorder), emotional and social (e.g., depression, anxiety), developmental and learning (e.g., autism, schizophrenia), health (e.g., anorexia), and children at risk (e.g., child maltreatment). Each chapter provides a historical perspective of the disorder, presents epidemiological data, reviews diagnostic features and related symptoms, addresses the effects of sociodemographic variables (e.g., gender, culture) on child psychopathology, and integrates diverse etiological models with current research on biological and social correlates.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive summary and update of the research literature on childhood disorders by the most knowledgeable experts in the field. Chapter authors were instructed to write "everything they know" about the disorder and to suggest directions for future research. The authors' objectives are important and noteworthy, and they accomplish their goals.
Audience: This book appears to be written primarily for academic psychologists and psychiatrists, graduate students, and those interested in keeping up-to-date with the most pressing issues in the field of child psychopathology. Researchers in particular will find the chapters to be an excellent review of the literature. Contributors include the most knowledgeable and recognized experts in the field.
Features: Chapters are consistently well organized and include multiple headings for easy reading. Tables and figures supplement the text. Reference lists are extensive and recent; most citations were published in the 1990s. A subject and author index are provided.
Assessment: This book offers an illuminating comprehensive survey of diverse childhood disorders. Well-written chapters review what we know and what we do not know about the diagnosis, epidemiology, causes, and correlates of child psychopathology. Coverage of the topics is so thorough that this book is likely to be a definitive reference in the field for a long time.