"In the past 10 years we have seen tremendous progress in the study of childhood psychiatric diagnoses. This volume will be an essential handbook for researchers in developmental psychopathology, as well as child and adolescent psychiatry residents, psychology interns, and other advanced students in mental health, public health, and developmental and behavioral pediatrics. Chapters written by leaders in the field include summaries and critical evaluations of the current status of diagnostic interviews, behavior rating scales, biological measures, and instruments to measure functional impairment. The volume also addresses key issues in retrospective assessment, family history, and cultural influences. This book should be available in every medical school and pediatric hospital library." --Mina K. Dulcan, MD, Osterman Professor of Child Psychiatry Northwestern University Medical School, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
"This volume is greatly to be welcomed because it provides a clear account of the numerous ways in which methods of psychopathological assessment have advanced over the last dozen years or so, and because it outlines some of the challenges that remain to be met....There is no better account of the tools of the trade' that may be used in both clinical research and clinical practice." --From the Foreword by Professor Sir Michael Rutter, FRS, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK
"Very few 'must reads' have come onto the scene of child and adolescent psychopathology in the last decade. This, however, is such a book. Chapters have been assembled by leading authorities, and constitute pithy, purposeful reviews of what is known in the field--and what still needs to be known. The volume is comprehensive in scope and penetrating in depth. For postdoctoral students of child psychiatry and child psychology, as well as researchers and clinicians intent on staying abreast of new developments, this one is a 'keeper.'" --Peter S. Jensen, MD, National Institute of Mental Health
Christopher P. Lucas, MB, ChB, MMedSc, MRCPsych, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, and at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
John E. Richters, PhD, is a developmental psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health, where he has served as Chief of the Disruptive Disorders Program and Assistant Chief of the Child and Adolescent Disorders Research Branch.