Young Adult Mental Health

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Overview

The years between 18 and 29 have become an extended period of development between adolescence and middle adulthood; young adulthood is a time of many new personal, social, and cultural pressures. Risk-taking behaviors, including substance use, typically peak during this time period in part due to neurobiological development, identity exploration, and social interactions, and most major psychiatric disorders develop during young adulthood.

Young Adult Mental Health will provide researchers and clinicians in the United States and elsewhere with a clear understanding of the developmental, clinical, and socio-cultural features of mental health unique to young adults, and how this developmental period influences critical assessment and treatment. Bringing together leading experts from psychology and psychiatry, the book surveys how major developmental milestones such as marriage and childrearing influence mental health and well-being among young adults, and the ways in which psychiatric disorders may present differently in this age group. It also reviews the conceptual and assessment challenges, phenomenology, and appropriate pharmacological and behavioral treatments of the many psychiatric difficulties faced by young adults. Finally, the book examines current research on mental health issues in young adults and reviews the strengths of the evidence, providing mental health professionals with a thorough grasp of mental health issues that will allow them to talk intelligently with young adults and to make well-informed assessment and treatment decisions based on the unique needs of this age group.

Young Adult Mental Health is an essential resource for psychiatrists and psychologists who treat young adults. It will also be useful to researchers in various areas of mental health, and to scientists who are interested in issues of age and development.

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Reviewer: Richelle Strauss, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: Mental health issues (developmental, psychological, biological), recent research, and access to mental healthcare in young adults (ages 18-29) is the focus of this book, which aims to address what the authors feel is a neglected population.
Purpose: The book explores the psychological and neurobiological development of young adults, the effect of mental illness on this development, the available research on mental illness in this population, healthy psychological development, and issues challenging access to care in this group.
Audience: Clinicians, the author's intended audience, would likely find this information most helpful. The level of detail in the discussion of the neurobiological basis of adolescent development is slightly beyond the usual interest and knowledge base of the average resident, although a particularly interested fellow may be grateful to get this information so coherently in one place. Likewise, detailed summaries of available evidence are presented very conveniently for the perusal of busy clinicians but are not limited to the usual core material recommended to those still in training. The organization of the book into essentially four sections comprehensively covers topics of interest for any clinician providing mental health services to young adults.
Features: The first section of three chapters is concerned with the transition from adolescence to adulthood and includes neurobiological and psychological development discussions. The eight chapters in the second section discuss healthy psychological development, including sexuality, intimacy and relationships, marriage, parenting, body image, and gender differences. The briefest segment, the third, deals with access to care issues. The final section is a series of chapters each exploring a different child and adolescent psychiatric disorder with a summary of recent evidence and treatment discussions. Some chapters do not fit neatly into one of these four sections, and often prove to be even more interesting, such as the chapter entitled, "Developmental Pathways to Parenting," which explores case studies of two adolescent girls, initially childhood friends, from puberty to parenthood, and discusses the psychological issues contributing to their divergent paths as well as the available evidence on this specific subject.
Assessment: This book offers a very detailed but well-written exploration of the developmental issues, available evidence, and treatment of psychiatric issues of young adults. I agree with the author's impression that this appears to be a neglected population in general. In an environment increasingly demanding of clinicians' time, this book may be sought out only by those with a special interest in this age group, but it would likely be helpful to any clinicians dealing with this population.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Richelle Strauss, MD(Rush University Medical Center)
Description: Mental health issues (developmental, psychological, biological), recent research, and access to mental healthcare in young adults (ages 18-29) is the focus of this book, which aims to address what the authors feel is a neglected population.
Purpose: The book explores the psychological and neurobiological development of young adults, the effect of mental illness on this development, the available research on mental illness in this population, healthy psychological development, and issues challenging access to care in this group.
Audience: Clinicians, the author's intended audience, would likely find this information most helpful. The level of detail in the discussion of the neurobiological basis of adolescent development is slightly beyond the usual interest and knowledge base of the average resident, although a particularly interested fellow may be grateful to get this information so coherently in one place. Likewise, detailed summaries of available evidence are presented very conveniently for the perusal of busy clinicians but are not limited to the usual core material recommended to those still in training. The organization of the book into essentially four sections comprehensively covers topics of interest for any clinician providing mental health services to young adults.
Features: The first section of three chapters is concerned with the transition from adolescence to adulthood and includes neurobiological and psychological development discussions. The eight chapters in the second section discuss healthy psychological development, including sexuality, intimacy and relationships, marriage, parenting, body image, and gender differences. The briefest segment, the third, deals with access to care issues. The final section is a series of chapters each exploring a different child and adolescent psychiatric disorder with a summary of recent evidence and treatment discussions. Some chapters do not fit neatly into one of these four sections, and often prove to be even more interesting, such as the chapter entitled, "Developmental Pathways to Parenting," which explores case studies of two adolescent girls, initially childhood friends, from puberty to parenthood, and discusses the psychological issues contributing to their divergent paths as well as the available evidence on this specific subject.
Assessment: This book offers a very detailed but well-written exploration of the developmental issues, available evidence, and treatment of psychiatric issues of young adults. I agree with the author's impression that this appears to be a neglected population in general. In an environment increasingly demanding of clinicians' time, this book may be sought out only by those with a special interest in this age group, but it would likely be helpful to any clinicians dealing with this population.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195332711
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/31/2009
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Impulsive Compulsive Disorders Clinic at the University of Minnesota Medical School. An author of over 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications, Dr. Grant serves on the editorial boards of several journals and is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Gambling Studies.

Marc N. Potenza, PHD, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study and Neurobiology at the Yale University School of Medicine where he is Director of the Problem Gambling Clinic, the Center of Excellence in Gambling Research, and the Women and Addictive Disorders Core of Women's Health Research at Yale, and Director of Neuroimaging for the VISN1 MIRECC of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System.

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