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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book successfully provides a complete evaluation of the available treatments for children and adolescents across the various diagnostic disorders and includes an updated and thorough discussion of the current research work in both the psychosocial and pharmacological approaches to mental healthcare in this population.
Purpose: The purpose is to evaluate the information regarding the treatment modalities available for child and adolescent mental health, and this information is presented in an orderly fashion so that clinicians can make informed therapeutic decisions. Additionally, the book offers solid recommendations based upon relevant literature for specific mental disorders. These worthy objectives are accomplished by the authors.
Audience: Intended mainly for child and adolescent clinicians, graduate students in mental health and behavioral medicine professions as well as researchers will benefit from this book. The authors have extensive academic, research, and clinical backgrounds and are authorities in the field.
Features: This book covers the primary disorders of children and adolescents and includes the treatment recommendations for anxiety and psychotic disorders, personality disorders, ADHD, conduct disorder, and PDD. The chapters are in-depth, fully referenced, current, and provide the reader with clear guidance to make informed therapeutic decisions. The chapters are well-written, discuss the various methodological concerns and the developmental course of child and adolescent mental health problems. Key highlights include the discussion of bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and the appendixes — notably the Glossary of Psychopharmacological Treatments. The index is easy to use, and the references total nearly 100 pages indicative of a well-researched book.
Assessment: As the ever changing information in psychology and psychiatry continues to barrage clinicians, this book takes control of the literature and successfully places it into a well thought out text. This book exceeds the standards expected in today's mental healthcare field. The number of pertinent references, the organization of the book, and the data on the various major treatment approaches make this required reading. This book should serve as a primary reference, as clinicians and researchers will be pressed to find a better compendium of treatments for children and adolescents.