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From The CriticsReviewer: Patricia Brockman, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This comprehensive, peer-reviewed book has been updated to cover the evolving multifaceted field of pediatric psychology. This edition builds on the traditional and scientific foundation of this profession published in the first (1988) and second (1995) editions. It provides a well organized and accessible review of the current science and clinical practice that defines this dynamic field.
Purpose: The purpose is to address the growth within pediatric psychology; update the conceptualizations, research and practice activities that are core to this field; and look to the future for emerging opportunities and challenges that impact the health of children and adolescents. This book emphasizes the importance of the scientist-practitioner model in the evolving roles that pediatric psychologists play in a variety of settings. It is an outstanding reference that makes an important contribution to the field.
Audience: The obvious audiences are practitioners and graduate students in pediatric psychology. It is also designed for health professionals at all levels with a wide range of clinical and research interests in the psychosocial aspects of children's health. The handbook is sponsored by the Society of Pediatric Psychology, Division 54 of the American Psychological Association, because of its scholarly significance to the field. The editor, an outstanding contributor to the field, formed an advisory panel and an editorial board of experts to develop relevant topics and authors, and each chapter was written and reviewed by leading clinical researchers.
Features: There are five sections of this handbook that address the professional issues, current scientific findings, and emerging opportunities and challenges that shape this evolving field. The first section has been expanded to include two additional chapters and, with a focus on the future, they discuss training, legal and ethical concerns, diverse roles and practice settings of pediatric psychologists. The next three sections address health promotion and disease prevention, pediatric pain management, issues related to interventions with children, adolescents and families, and the psychosocial adjustment of children and adolescents with a wide range of medical and developmental conditions. For practitioners, these sections are invaluable updated overviews of etiology, behavioral health assessment methods, factors affecting child, adolescent, and family functioning, and developmentally appropriate interventions based on current research. New chapters include peer relationships of children with chronic disease, HIV/AIDS in children and adolescents, and pediatric obesity. The last section deals with the challenges of providing healthcare services and promoting quality of life for children and adolescents. Topics include telehealth, managed care, and other issues in the public health arena.
Assessment: This handbook provides an excellent overview of a wide variety of topics. It has updated and expanded information from the two previous editions. The editor acknowledges that severe space restrictions were imposed on the authors, limiting the depth and complexity of their contributions. Readers requiring more detailed research or clinical information can use this handbook as an updated introduction to guide further research.