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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This is a compendium of various childhood psychological disorders. Each contributor answers basic questions on a topic, including discussing conceptual models, integrating current research, addressing current limitations, and suggesting future research goals.
Purpose: According to the editors, "we tried to find the most knowledgeable professionals on particular disorders and asked them to provide up-to-date and comprehensive summaries of the nature of the disorders in which they have specialized. We asked only that their discussions be grounded in their respective bodies of scientific literature...." These are worthy objectives, which the book meets.
Audience: The book is written for clinical professionals and students. I agree with the editors about the target audience, though I think it is really graduate students who will benefit, not undergraduates. The editors and contributors are credible authorities in the subject matter.
Features: Various areas of child psychopathology are covered in the book including behavior disorders, emotional and social disorders, developmental and learning disorders, and eating and health-related disorders. It is very comprehensive and the contributors are indeed experts in their various specialties. It covers almost all of the major DSM-IV childhood disorders.
Assessment: This is an excellent book. The second edition was published because "research in child, adolescent, and developmental psychopathology continues to flourish even more so than when the first edition of this text was published." Since the first edition was published in 1996, a new edition is justified.