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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Geri R. Donenberg, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book contains 19 chapters that cover cognitive models and interventions for diverse child and adolescent problems (e.g., oppositional defiant disorder, depression, learning disabilities, autism, low self-esteem, sexual abuse). Chapter authors maintain a developmental focus and integrate cognitive theory with current empirical literature. Each chapter incorporates an extended case example, including background information, initial assessment data, case conceptualization, specific interventions, and outcome information.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide hands-on case material of cognitive therapy with children, adolescents, and their families, within a developmental framework that integrates cognitive, affective, behavioral, social, and environmental factors and that is based on sound empirical evidence. The objective is a worthy one, and the authors accomplish their goal.
Audience: This book appears to be written primarily for practitioners of varied disciplines (e.g., psychiatry, psychology) and levels of experience (e.g., student, experienced therapist) who are interested in learning about cognitive therapy with children and adolescents. Mental health professionals in a variety of settings (i.e., school, clinic, hospitals) will find the reviews of the literature informative and the case material illuminating and instructive. Contributors include some of the most experienced researchers and clinicians in the cognitive therapy field.
Features: Some of the chapters include empirical data, tables, and figures to supplement the text. Reference lists are thorough and relatively recent. A subject index is provided, but there is no author index.
Assessment: This book includes well-written and easy-to-read chapters that fill an important void in the literature. Descriptive case studies are presented that offer step-by-step guidelines and techniques for cognitive interventions with youth. The emphasis on a developmental approach to treatment is unique and important. This book is likely to be an important resource for anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of cognitive therapy with young people.