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From The CriticsReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: The book describes the application of cognitive-behavioral principles to children and adolescents with various clinical disorders. This is a second edition, the first being published in 1996.
Purpose: According to the editors, "this volume provides an overview of recent advances in cognitive-behavioral treatments of behavioral and emotional difficulties experienced by youth." The book meets the worthy objectives.
Audience: According to the editors, "...this volume will be kept close at hand by all practitioners working with children and adolescents, as well as researchers and advanced students in clinical psychology, psychiatry, and related mental health fields. It can be used as either a primary or supplemental text in child clinical psychology and psychotherapy courses." The editors and contributors are definitely credible authorities in the subject matter of the book. In fact, these writers are some of the most important contributors to the cognitive-behavioral tradition in this generation.
Features: The book covers the application of cognitive-behavioral principles to childhood disorders, such as ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety disorders, low self-esteem, eating disorders, and chemical dependency. The book is good because it includes case examples and it is practical. Many of the chapters offer specific treatment strategies. Though it is not exhaustive, it is a good springboard to seek out other books which are devoted to just one topic. In addition, the editors and contributors are renowned experts in the field. This book is easy to read and remains faithful to the cognitive tradition.
Assessment: This is an excellent book, easy-to-read and contains important information. Many of the contributors are well known and long-time researchers in the field. The book covers many disorders, which is both a weakness and a strength. This second edition does justify replacing the first because there has been so much research in the field since 1996.