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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Geri R. Donenberg, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This updated edition covers five domains of childhood disorders: behavioral (e.g., conduct problems); emotional (e.g., depression, anxiety); developmental (e.g., autism, mental retardation); children at risk (e.g., child maltreatment); and adolescent problems (e.g., substance abuse). Chapters provide an overview of the history, epidemiology, onset, course, and outcome of the disorders; models of etiology; assessment methods; and treatment approaches. Authors present and evaluate empirically based treatments for each disorder, discuss evidence for their efficacy and effectiveness, and indicate future directions.
Purpose: The purpose is to update and review state-of-the-art and scientifically supported treatment methods by experts at the forefront of their fields. The editors' objectives are important and noteworthy, and they accomplish their goals.
Audience: This book is written primarily for child and adolescent psychologists and psychiatrists interested in staying knowledgeable about therapies with sound scientific evidence for children and adolescents. Researchers, students, and clinicians will find the chapters to be an excellent review of the current literature. Contributors include especially knowledgeable and well-regarded experts.
Features: Chapters are consistently well organized and include section headings for easy reading. Several tables and figures supplement the text. Reference lists are extensive and recent and subject and author indexes are provided.
Assessment: Much has changed since the first edition of this book, and this text offers a comprehensive update and critique of empirically supported treatments for the most common childhood disorders. Well-written chapters review evidence for the efficacy and effectiveness of specific therapies, including psychopharmacological interventions, and critically evaluate lesser known treatments. Some authors describe selected therapies in enough detail for applications in clinical practice. Coverage of the therapy approaches is so thorough that this text is certain to be a definitive reference in the field.