Behavior Disorders of Childhood

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2000-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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For an undergraduate course in Child Psychopathology. This comprehensive, research-based introduction to childhood behavior disorders presents a sensitive and thorough examination of the fieldcovering its central issues, theoretical and methodological underpinnings, descriptions and discussions of numerous disorders, clinical and research information, and treatment approaches. Rich with illustrations and examples, it highlights the newest areas of research and clinical work within the various disorders; stresses empirically supported treatments and the prevention of behavior problems; and keeps students on top of current social concerns, including the effects of child abuse and divorce on children.

Author Biography

Rita Wicks-Nelson West Virginia University Institute of Technology, Professor Emeritus Rockefeller Scholar, CSEGA, Marshall University Allen C. Israel University at Albany, State University of New York

Table of Contents

(Note: all chapters end with a summary.)
1. Introduction.

Defining the Discipline: What is Disordered Behavior? Determining the Extent of Disorders of Youth. Developmental Level and Onset of Disorders. Gender Differences: Who is at Greater Risk? Historical Influences. Current Themes and Emphases.

2. The Developmental Context.
What Is Development? Normal Development as a Context for Behavioral Dysfunction. How Development Occurs: Multifactor, Integrative Models. Conceptualizing Developmental Influences. Risk and Resiliency. Change and Continuity in Behavior Disorders. Developmental Psychopathology and Other Approaches.

3. Approaches to Understanding and Treating Childhood Behavior Disorders.
Taking Different Perspectives. Biological Influences. The Psychodynamic Perspective. The Behavioral/Social Learning Perspective. Cognitive Influences. A Systems Approach. Modes of Treatment.

4. Research: Its Role and Methods.
The Nature of Science. Basic Methods of Research. Qualitative Research Methods. Cross-Sectional, Longitudinal, Sequential Strategies. Risk Research. Epidemiologic Research. Ethical Issues.

5. Classification and Assessment.
Classification and Diagnosis. Assessment.

6. Anxiety Disorders.
An Introduction to Internalizing Disorders. Definition and Classification of Anxiety Disorders. Specific Phobias. Separation Anxiety and School Refusal. Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder. Reactions to Traumatic Events. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Etiology of Anxiety Disorders.

7. Depression and Problems in Peer Relations.
Child and Adolescent Depression. Problems in Peer Relationships.

8. Conduct Disorders.
Description and Classification. Epidemiology. Developmental Course. Etiology. Assessment. Treatment.

9. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Historical Background. Current Classification and Diagnosis. Primary Clinical Characteristics. Associated Characteristics. DSM-IV Subtypes of ADHD. Conceptualized of ADHD. ADHD and Co-Occuring Disorders. Epidemiology. Etiology. Developmental Course and Outcome. Assessment. Treatment.

10. Mental Retardation.
Definition and Classification. Epidemiology. The Nature of Tested Intelligence. The Nature of Adaptive Functioning. Etiology. Learning and Cognitive Characteristics. Social Characteristics and Behavior Problems. Family Reactions and Adjustments. Assessment. Treatment. Education. Deinstitutionalization and Integration into the Community.

11. Language and Learning Disabilities.
Historical Background and Definition. Language Disabilities. Learning Disabilities. Psychosocial and Behavior Problems of LLD. Motivational Factors in LLD. Etiology of LLD. Developmental Course and Outcome of LLD. Assessment for LLD. Treatment Approaches to LLD. Educational Issues and LLD.

12. Autism and Schizophrenia.
Historic Link of Autism and Schizophrenia. Autistic Disorder. Schizophrenia.

13. Disorders of the Basic Physical Functions.
Disordering of Eating. Disorders of Elimination. Sleep Disorders.

14. Psychological Factors Affecting Medical Condition.
Historical Context. Asthma. Adjustment to Chronic Illness. Psychological Influences on Medical Treatment. The Dying Child.

15. Evolving Concerns for Youth.
Prevention. Families in Transition. Maltreatment of Youth. Mental Health and Foster Care Services for Youth. Youth in the Global Society.

Name Index.
Subject Index.

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