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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mani Pavuluri, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book consists of two sections, one on children at high risk for psychopathology and one on the longitudinal clinical outcome of various psychiatric disorders in children.
Purpose: This book is written with the ambitious purpose of trying to cover the strengths and limitations of various studies across the world in a comprehensive manner, summarizing the results yet being critical of the methodology. The editors' expectations of providing a resource of information as well as outcomes in developmental psychopathology are certainly well met.
Audience: This book is written to stimulate critical thinking and design more effective intervention and prevention in children. Contributors of various sections are well known leaders in the field. Child psychiatrists, pediatricians, psychologists — particularly those in the academic field — would benefit largely.
Features: In each high risk chapter, paradigms, models, methods, designs, reviews of results (including mechanism/etiology), and the gaps in research are covered. In the disorder section, epidemiological studies, natural course, intervention studies, short and long term outcomes, continuity and discontinuity, risk, and prognostic factors are approached systematically.
Assessment: This book is highly scientific and is one of the most welcome additions to child psychiatry literature.