The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology: A Contextual Approach / Edition 2

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This second edition of the hugely successful Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology incorporates important advances in the field to provide a reliable and accessible source of practical advice.

Beginning with a set of general conceptual frameworks for practice, the book gives specific guidance on the management of problems commonly encountered in clinical work with children and adolescents, drawing on best practice in the fields of clinical psychology and family therapy. In six sections, thorough and comprehensive coverage of the following areas is provided:

  • frameworks for practice
  • problems of infancy and early childhood
  • problems of middle childhood
  • problems in adolescence
  • child abuse
  • adjustment to major life transitions.

Each chapter dealing with specific clinical problems includes detailed discussion of diagnosis, classification, epidemiology and clinical features, as well as illustrative case examples.

This book will be invaluable both as a reference work for experienced practitioners, and an up-to–date, evidence-based practice manual for clinical psychologists in training.

The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology is one of a set of three handbooks published by Routledge, which includes The Handbook of Adult Clinical Psychology (Edited by Alan Carr & Muireann McNulty) and The Handbook of Intellectual Disability and Clinical Psychology Practice (Edited by Alan Carr, Gary O’Reilly, Patricia Noonan Walsh and John McEvoy).

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Editorial Reviews

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Alan Carr's Handbook does an admirable job in providing immensely practical approaches for the assessment and treatment of mental health problems in young people, whilst also being critically and constructively informative on the findings of research and the claims of theories. The succinct listing of further readings for both professionals and families, together with details of useful web sites, at the end of each chapter is a particular strength.

Michael Rutter, Institute of Psychiatry, London

This text stands as the clearest and most comprehensive account of therapy and practice in the field of child and adolescent mental health. This second edition will have an impact that establishes it as the text of choice for students, practitioners and trainers.

Arlene Vetere, University of Surrey

A guide to modern child and adolescent clinical psychology, covering all central concerns, including conduct problems, learning disabilities, depression, drug abuse, and foster care. After a section on developmental and diagnostic frameworks, later sections describe problems of early and middle childhood and adolescence and give guidelines for assessment and management. Other sections deal with child abuse and neglect, and with clinical problems associated with major life transitions. Each chapter opens with a chapter plan and case study. Carr is director of the doctoral program in clinical psychology at University College Dublin, Ireland. He is on the editorial board of two journals on family therapy and child-centered practice, and has published two previous books on family therapy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583918319
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1224
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Carr is the director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at University College Dublin and Consultant Psychologist and Family Therapist at the Clanwilliam Institute Dublin.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Frameworks for Practice. Normal Development. Influences on Problem Development. Classification, Epidemiology and Treatment Effectiveness. The Consultation Process and Intake Interviews. Report Writing. Part II: Problems of Infancy and Early Childhood. Sleep Problems. Toileting Problems. Learning and Communication Difficulties. Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Part III: Problems of Middle Childhood. Conduct Problems. Attention and Overactivity Problems. Fear and Anxiety Problems. Repetition Problems. Somatic Problems. Part IV: Problems in Adolescence. Drug Abuse. Mood Problems. Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa. Schizophrenia. Part V: Child Abuse. Physical Abuse. Emotional Abuse and Neglect. Sexual Abuse. Adjustment to Major Life Transitions. Foster Care. Separation and Divorce. Grief and Bereavement.

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