Childhood Psychological Disorders: Current Controversies

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Childhood Psychological Disorders: Current Controversies was compiled to disentangle controversial issues, contributing to a fuller understanding of the needs of children with disabilities and the families raising them. The book focuses on emotional, social, and behavioral concerns such as the psychological dimensions of childhood disability. Specific, topical essays highlight the current state of knowledge and the nature of opposing arguments among specialists in various disciplines.

The book opens with a consideration of the historical and social context of child disability, addressing the evolution of disability concepts and the changing nature of disability as a social/cultural phenomenon. Disability's impact on the family system and schools is explored, too, from the vantage point of educators, children, and their parents and siblings. Subsequent chapters examine such diagnoses as pediatric bipolar disorder, autism, the educational label Emotionally Handicapped/Disturbed (EH/D), food allergies and related disorders, and Gender Identity Disorder (GID).

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"A uniformly readable and useful survey for parents, counselors and special education teachers, and students. Recommended for large public libraries and special education collections."


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Children's mental health issues differ from those of adults; within the medical field, there is disagreement over medication use and even whether common maladies like depression and bipolar disorder occur in children. Here, 11 contributors confront such issues thoughtfully and authoritatively. Editor Bursztyn school psychology & special education, Brooklyn Coll., CUNY; Handbook of Special Education and the contributors are colleagues from area institutions. The book begins with a discussion of disability from a global and historical perspective. Stand-alone chapters cover specific disorders including autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, bipolar and emotional disturbances, gender identity disorder, and the less-often considered topic of food allergies. Contributors review each disorder with statistics on incidence, treatment trends, and current research. Alternative perspectives on the extent to which society and educational institutions should accommodate the special needs of such children are also presented. Bursztyn enlivens the text with case studies and practice notes and provides print and web resources. VERDICT A uniformly readable and useful survey for parents, counselors and special education teachers, and students. Recommended for large public libraries and special education collections.—Antoinette M. Brinkman, MLS, Evansville, IN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313336966
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/21/2011
  • Series: Making Sense of Psychology Series
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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