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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: The 15th volume in the Advances in Psychotherapy series, this is a wonderful book on elimination disorders in children and adolescents that provides a solid understanding of the complexity of both diagnosis and treatment for these disorders. Readers will appreciate the multidisciplinary approach and the discussion of the latest advances in the field.
Purpose: The book provides a practical description and overview of the conditions, theories, models, and diagnostic and treatment recommendations. More importantly, it serves as a standalone reference in general pediatrics and a solid resource for both clinical and nonclinical persons. The authors have succeeded in creating a worthwhile addition to the field.
Audience: The audience includes, but is not limited to, practitioners in pediatrics, child psychiatry and psychology, social work, nursing, and parents themselves. Parents will appreciate the references as well as the easy-to-understand language.
Features: While there is a focus on constipation, encopresis, toileting refusal, and nocturnal and diurnal enuresis, the book provides a strong general overview of elimination disorders. Epidemiologic data and etiologic causes are discussed in detail along with differential diagnostic considerations. Considering the size and price of the book, it is surprisingly thorough and wonderfully detailed. Readers will especially appreciate the case vignettes, websites, and selected reading suggestions.
Assessment: This is truly a great addition not only to the Advances in Psychotherapy series, but to the field itself.