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Assessing and Treating Low Incidence/High Severity Psychological Disorders of Childhood

Dombrowski, Stefan C., Gischlar, Karen L., Mrazik, Martin

2011, XIV, 254 p.

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  • Provides a single source compilation of topics that typically have been overlooked by broader textbooks on child psychopathology
  • Examines theory, research findings, and clinical aspects of lower incidence, but important conditions related to children’s mental health
  • Offers a consistent framework across chapters in contrast with edited books on the broader topic of child psychopathology

During the past several decades, interest in children’s psychological disorders has grown steadily within the research community, resulting in a burgeoning knowledge base. The majority of the attention and funding, not surprisingly, has focused on the more prevalent and well-known conditions. Although this raises the odds that young people with more well-known disorders such as ADHD, autism, and learning disorders will receive much-needed professional assessment and intervention, children with less frequently encountered disorders may experience a higher risk of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment.

Useful data has been scattered throughout the literature for severe-but-less-frequent childhood psychological disorders, including: fire setting; gender identity disorder; impulse control disorders (i.e., kleptomania, trichotillomania, intermittent explosive disorder); selective mutism; Munchausen by proxy; childhood schizophrenia; gang involvement; sexual offending; self-injurious behavior; and feral children. This concise volume offers up-to-date information on these conditions, which, though relatively rare, may have profound effect not only on the children themselves but also their families, friends, and the community at large. Coverage of each disorder is presented in an accessible format covering:

  • Overview and history.
  • Description and diagnostic classification, with proposed changes to the DSM-V.
  • Etiology and theory.
  • Assessment tools and interview protocols.
  • Commonly used psychological and pharmacological treatment options.
  • Current research issues and directions for future investigation.

Assessing and Treating Low Incidence/High Severity Psychological Disorders of Childhood is a must-have reference for researchers, clinicians, practitioners, and graduate students in clinical child and school psychology, pediatrics, psychiatry, social work, school counseling, education, and public policy.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Assessment - Bigorexia - Culture - DSM-IV - Ethnicity - Feral Children - Gangs - Gender Identity Disorder - Genetics - Impulse Control Disorders - Intermittent Explosive Disorder - Intervention - Juvenile Fire Setting - Juvenile Sexual Predators - Kleptomania - Male Anexoria - Male Body Image Disorder - Male Bulimia - Munchausen by Proxy - Psychopharmacology - Psychosocial - SES - Selective Mutism - Self-Injury - Suicidality - Trichotillomania

Related subjects » Child & School Psychology - Pediatrics - Psychology - Social Policy / Labor / Population Economics - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

Acknowledgments.- Introduction.- Juvenile Firesetters.- Gender Identity Disorder.- Munchausen by Proxy.- Feral Children.- The Youth Gang Member.- Impulse Control Disorders.- Selective Mutism.- Childhood Sexual Offenders.- Childhood Schizophrenia.- Self-Injurious Behavior.

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