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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Shalini Chawla, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This comprehensive child and adolescent psychiatry book is divided into five sections: conceptual approaches, clinical assessment, influences on psychopathology, clinical syndromes, and approaches to treatment.
Purpose: This revised and updated edition is interdisciplinary and international in its integration of science and clinical practice.
Audience: The book is intended for professionals working in child and adolescent mental health, as well as clinicians working in general practice and community pediatric settings. It is not detailed enough for residents and fellows who are attempting to learn the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, but it may be appropriate as a reference for those already out of training to use as a reference in clinical settings in their own practice.
Features: The first section on conceptual approaches discusses classification, epidemiology, legal issues in child psychiatry, statistics, brain imaging, neurobiology and development, temperament and personality, neuropsychopharmacology, and neurophysiology. The clinical assessment section presents structured interviews, use of rating scales, psychological assessment, and the physical exam. The third section, influences on psychopathology, includes genetics, acute life stresses, parental illnesses, child abuse, and foster families/adoption. The clinical syndromes section includes all of the DSM IV psychiatric disorders with specific chapters on psychopathy, gender identity disorders, attachment disorders, and mental health in children with specific sensory impairments. The final section on approaches to treatment covers psychotherapies, intensive treatment options, community-based interventions, parenting programs, genetic counseling, and special education. The book incorporates international perspectives and international issues such as psychopathology in refugee and asylum seeking children and psychiatric aspects of HIV/AIDS. A CD-ROM of a searchable version of the text accompanies the book.
Assessment: Lewis's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Textbook, 4th edition, Martin and Volkmar (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007), is the gold standard in child psychiatry textbooks. Although this book has multiple chapters on neurobiology and development, it is not as detailed as the chapter on childhood development in Lewis's and, as a result, it is not as useful for residents and fellows in training. It will be useful for clinicians and professionals who have completed their training in child and adolescent psychiatry as a reference.