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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Portia S Martin, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: The book describes the treatment, prevention, and research agendas for mental health disorders in adolescents.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive book on treatment and prevention of adolescent mental health and the strengths (positive youth development) of the adolescent age group. The book also outlines recommendations for future research to further knowledge in the area of adolescent mental health. The comprehensive evaluation of both psychopathology and positive development in the adolescent years is an important guide for all mental health professionals treating adolescents and young adults. This book thoroughly addresses the objectives outlined by the author.
Audience: This is an appropriate book for mental health professionals in both academic and clinical settings. The authors provide the collective findings of the commissioned work sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
Features: The book provides a biopsychosocial comprehensive evaluation of psychopathology in adolescents including DSM-IV diagnostic criteria, epidemiology, comorbidity, risk factors, psychosocial influences, genetic vulnerability, treatment options, prevention programs, and research recommendations. One unique feature is the way the references are separated by subject, providing readers a focused list of the literature reviewed by the authors.
Assessment: This is an extremely useful tool for all mental health professionals. It is an interesting book that not only describes in detail psychopathology, but also provides information on the prevention programs and the strengths that adolescents possess, looking forward to future research to help adolescents reach their potential.