A Clinician's Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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This authoritative clinical handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the main disorders encountered by child and adolescent psychiatrists in clinical practice, ranging from eating, sleep and affective disorders to substance abuse, gender identity and sexual abuse. The approach is evidence-based and emphasis is on good clinical practice and quality control of patient care. In contrast to other books in the field, the authors' intention is not to cover exhaustively all the relevant science, but rather to present in condensed form any research findings that are significant for clinical practice. For coherence, each chapter is constructed the same way: introduction, definition and classification, epidemiology, the clinical picture, aetiology, treatment, and outcome. The disorders covered are based on the ICD-10 and DSM-IV classifications, and appendices include documents for assessment of intervention planning and evaluation.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Regina Rosa Lopez, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a concise overview of the recent evidence-based literature in child and adolescent psychiatry. Each chapter contains an appendix, which consists of suggested readings, assessment measures, and other useful information.
Purpose: According to the editors, the purpose is to provide a comprehensive overview of the main disorders encountered by child and adolescent psychiatrists in clinical practice. The authors' intention is to present in condensed form any research findings significant for clinical practice. These are worthy objectives, but psychopharmacology is not sufficiently covered.
Audience: The book is written for clinicians in child and adolescent psychiatry. The authors appear to be credible authorities.
Features: The book covers disorders and other related topics in child and adolescent psychiatry. All the chapters are organized in the same way: an introduction, definition and classification, epidemiology, the clinical picture, etiology, treatment and outcome. The organization is one good feature of the book. Also, tables and algorithms present information in a more structured and systematic manner. Psychological interventions are detailed particularly well. One shortcoming, in addition to the lack of psychopharmacology, is that the references are not provided for the studies cited in the chapters.
Assessment: This book is helpful as a reference for assessment measures, interview techniques, and psychological interventions used in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. However, it is not as comprehensive as other books in the field and because it does not cover psychopharmacology well, it is less clinically applicable for psychopharmacologists.
From the Publisher
"The text - which in no way deems itself a revolutionary call to arms, alerting fellow psychiatrists to the inherent problems with the current psychopharmacological database in the treatment of childhood psychopathology - provides a rich example of the clear differences in evidence-based treatments available in the area of pediatric psychopathology."
Jonathan Weinand, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521819367
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Pages: 764
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.54 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Brain disorders H. C. Steinhausen and Christopher Gillberg; 2. Substance use disorders O. G. Bukstein; 3. Schizophrenia A. Clark; 4. Affective disorders D. Harrington; 5. Anxiety disorders T. H. Ollendick and L. D. Seligmann; 6. Obsessive compulsive disorders P. H. Thomsen; 7. Adjustment disorders P. Hill; 8. Posttraumatic stress disorders P. Stallard; 9. Somatoform disorders E. Garralda; 10. Eating disorders H. C. Steinhausen; 11. Sleep disorders G. Stores; 12. Personality disorder J. Hill; 13. Mental retardation C. Gillberg; 14. Speech and language disorder C. Johnson and J. Beitchman; 15. Reading and other learning disabilities M. J. Snowlin and B. Maughan; 16. Autism spectrum disorders Christopher Gillberg; 17. Hyperkinetic disorders E. Taylor; 18. Conduct disorders S. Scott; 19. Elective mutism H. C. Steinhausen; 20. Attachment disorders P. Hughes and M. Newman; 21. Tic disorders A. Rothenberger; 22. Elimination disorders A. von Gontard; 23. Physical and sexual abuse A. Bentovim; 24. Gender identity disorder P. Cohen Kettenis.

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