Handbook of Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Mental Health Assessment / Edition 1

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Infant and toddler mental health is a growing area of interest for psychiatrists, child psychologists, pediatricians, and educators. Expanding research in this area highlights the need for early identification and assessment of mental health problems and risk factors in infants and toddlers. In addition, public policy and recent legislation have offered new opportunities to provide services to infants and toddlers who are at risk or are already exhibiting delays or deviance in social and emotional functioning. This handbook is the first of its kind to bring together the several new diagnostic and assessment approaches for working with infant and toddler mental health.

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Reviewer: Kiran F. Siddiqui, MBBS, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This handbook brings together leading clinical research to provide empirically based recommendations for assessment of social-emotional and behavior problems and disorders in the earliest years. The book tries to bridge the gap between clinical work and research on early assessment and to generate increased linkages among specialists.
Purpose: The purpose described by the authors is to facilitate conceptual and methodological integration and provide an opportunity to disseminate some of very exciting recent developments within the young child assessment field. Their goal also is to promote further advances within the research community and to promote changes in the best practice within the clinical community.
Audience: Researchers, teachers, professionals conducting clinical work, early intervention providers, early special educators, psychiatry fellows, child psychiatrics, clinical psychology interns, family physicians, pediatricians, social workers, and advanced students.
Features: The editors have assembled an extraordinary collection of chapters that thoroughly cover the conceptualization of dysfunction in infants and young children, current and new diagnostic criteria, and such specific disorders as sensory modulation dysfunction, sleep disorders, eating and feeding disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorders, and ADHD. The chapters further highlight the importance of incorporating contextual factors such as parent-child relationship functioning and cultural background into the assessment process to increase the validity of findings.
Assessment: This is a unique and singular book. The work presented here is derived mostly from the research funded by NIMH so it has undergone the scrutiny of the peer review system within the NIMH. It is the state of the art in terms of both methodological and conceptual advances. This much needed and comprehensive book has achieved much more than its intended goal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195144383
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Lexile: 1480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Book, Rebecca DelCarmen-Wiggins and Alice Carter
I. Contextual Factors in Early Assessment
2. Cultural Perspectives for Assessing Infants and Young Children, Michelle Christensen, Robert Emde, and Candace Fleming
3. Assessment of Parent Child Relational Disturbances, Roseanne Clark
4. Contextual Contributors to the Assessment of Infant Mental Health, Arnold Sameroff, Ronald Seifer, and Susan McDonough
II. Temperament and Regulation in Assessing Disorders in Young Children
5. Assessment of Disturbances in Emotion Regulation and Temperament, Cynthia Stifter and Crystal Wiggins
6. Assessing Sensory Reactivity in the Context of Infant Temperament, Nathan Fox and Cindy Polak
III. Diagnostic Issues Relating to Classification and Taxonomy
7. Diagnostic Issues in Young Children, Adrian Angold
8. Conceptual Underpinnings of DC: Zero to Three, Alicia Lieberman, Kathryn Barnard, and Serena Wieder
9. Empirically Based Assessment and Taxonomy Application to Infants and Toddlers, Thomas Achenbach
IV. Measurement Issues
10. Integrating Clinical and Psychometric Approaches: The Role of Developmental Assessment in Infant Mental Health Evaluation, Walter Gilliam and Linda Mayes
11. Observation, Marina Zalenko
12. The Preschool-Age Psychiatric Assessment (PAPA): A Structured Parent Interview for Diagnosing Psychiatric Disorders in Preschool Children, Helen Egger and Adrian Angold
V. Problems in Early Development and State Regulation: Assessing Disorders with an Onset in Infancy or Toddlerhood
13. Sensory Modulation Dysfunction: Identification in Early Childhood, Lucy Miller, JoAnn Robinson, and Debra Moulton
14. Sleep Disorders, Beth Goodlin-Jones and Thomas Anders
15. Feeding Disorders, Irene Chatoor
VI. Specific Areas of Disturbance: Applying Diagnostic Criteria to Disorders with an Onset in the Preschool Years
16. Clinical Assessment of Young Children at Risk for Autism, Ami Klin, Katarzyna Chawarska, Emily Rubin, Fred Volkmar
17. Affective Disorders, Joan Luby
18. Anxiety Disorders, Susan Warren
19. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Michale Scheeringa
20. Diagnostic and Assessment Issues in ADHD in the Young Child, William Pelham, Anil Chacko, and Brian Wymbs
21. Assessment of Disruptive Behavior in Young Children: A Clinical Developmental Framework, Lauren Wakschlag and Barbara Danis
VII. Varied Applied Settings for Assessment
22. Expanding the Scope of Infant Mental Health Assessment: A Community, Ruth Feldman and Mire Keren
23. Early Detection of Young Children's Mental Health Problems in Primary Care Settings, Lynne C. Huffman and Mary Nichols
24. Games Children Play: Observing Young Children's Self-Regulation Across Laboratory, Home, and School Settings, Lisa McCabe, Pia Rebello-Britto, Magdalena Hernandez, and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn
25. Implications and Future Directions, Alice Carter & Rebecca DelCarmen-Wiggins

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