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From The CriticsReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: The field of pediatric psychology is incredibly vast and complex. This book provides a comprehensive look at major theories, practices, and issues in the field.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide cutting-edge information to pediatric psychologists across the wide range of critical and complex areas in the field.
Audience: Pediatric psychologists are the primary audience, but other mental health professionals also will likely find it of interest as it provides information about a wide range of disorders and diseases encountered in pediatric practice. Students of clinical psychology will find this a handy reference.
Features: The book begins with a look at a huge range of professional issues in the field, from basic ethical concerns to legal concerns in practice with children and professional development, as psychologists' roles expand into medical environments. The second section discusses broader issues relevant to patients, such as trauma due to medical procedures, chronic pain, and end-of-life coping. There are descriptions of manualized treatment approaches and pertinent references so that readers can look into them in more detail if they wish. The book continues to expand its excellent coverage in the section on medical illnesses and psychological disorders in children, which range from spinal cord injury to diabetes to eating disorders. Later chapters look at emerging issues, public health concerns, and the influence of social systems. The chapters are generally brief and easy to read in a short period of time. Plenty of current references guide readers to more details if desired. The one weakness is the scarcity of tables or figures to summarize the vast amount of information.
Assessment: This is a complete and comprehensive account of pediatric psychology. It hits upon all the major areas of interest to both practitioners and students, while maintaining concise chapters that can be referenced in 30 minutes or less. This is well worth owning as a primary resource on pediatric psychology and this update is an advisable purchase.