In this text, authors Eric Mash and David Wolfe achieve a balance between developmental, clinical-diagnostic, and experimental approaches to child and adolescent psychopathology. The book traces the developmental course of each disorder and shows how biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors interact with the child's environment. First-person accounts and case snippets enrich the reader's understanding of what children with these disorders experience.
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"This is an outstanding text, beautifully rendered, visually appealing, and intellectually first-rate. It is undoubtedly the best undergraduate textbook I have encountered on the subject, covering all the major disorders in a way that is informative to both novice and expert alike. Richly referenced and sprinkled throughout with interesting and instructive case anecdotes, this textbook is scientifically state-of-the art. There simply is no better text for introducing students to the subject of child psychopathology." "The book's major points are richly studded with relevant citations of the research literature, to which the interested student (or professor!) can turn for more information. . . . The inclusion of illustrative case material greatly enriches the book, without disrupting the 'flow' of the presentation of information. Pedagogically, this is a very good move, as is the inclusion of the occasional flashes of wit and humor, and of the occasional cartoon!. . . Overall, I believe this text to be consistently very readable, characterized by very current scholarship, and a notable advance over available competitors." "Overall, I'm very impressed with your book, and I plan to continue using it. It is obvious that you both have been extremely careful in covering issues and the research in this field. The book is well-written. And the boxed features and little case vignettes blend nicely with the thorough coverage of research and research issues." "I find this text much more interesting and engaging than the text I currently use and far better in a number of ways from other books on the market. I am pleased with the integration of empirical findings throughout this book. The use of cases in each chapter will help engage student readers and facilitate communication of key concepts."
Table of Contents
Part 1 Understanding abnormal child psychology: an introduction to abnormal child psychology: what is abnormal child behaviour?; understanding psychological disorders of childhood and adolescence; the significance of children's mental health problems; historical views and breakthroughs; a satirical prelude - the aetiology and treatment of childhood. Part 2 A multidimensional integrative approach to child and adolescent disorders: how theory contributes to our understanding of causes (theoretical perspectives and contributions); constitutional and neurobiological contributions; behavioural and social learning contributions; cognitive influences; emotional influences; social and interpersonal influences. Part 3 Clinical issues - assessment, diagnosis, and treatment: clinical Issues; assessing children's psychological disorders; classification and diagnosis; treating children's psychological disorders. Part 4 Research methods with children, youth, and families: key decisions and strategies; ethical and pragmatic issues. Part 5 Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: description; historical background of ADHD; DSM-IV - defining features of ADHD; core characteristics; ADHD subtypes; differential diagnosis; DSM-IV Criteria - what don't they tell us; associated characteristics of ADHD; accompanying disorders and symptoms; task and situational factors; prevalence and course; theories of ADHD; causes of ADHD; treatment. Part 6 Disruptive behaviour disorders. Part 7 Anxiety disorders. Part 8 Mood disorders. Part 9 Mental retardation: perspectives on intelligence and mental retardation; features of mental retardation; prevalence; developmental course and adult outcomes; causes; prevention, education, and treatment. Part 10 Autism and childhood-onset schizophrenia: historical background of autism. description; DSM-IV - defining features of autism; autism across the spectrum; core characteristics; associated characteristics of autism; subtypes; prevalence and course; causes of autism; treatment; childhood-onset schizophrenia; DSM-IV - defining features of schizophrenia; uses of childhood-onset schizophrenia; treatment. Part 11 Communication and learning disorders: historical background; language development and disorders; communication disorders; learning disorders; treatment and prevention. Part 12 Eating disorders and related conditions: development of eating patterns; feeding and eating disorders of infancy and early childhood; eating disorders of adolescence; prevalence and development of anorexia and bulimia; causes of anorexia and bulimia; treatments of anorexia and bulimia. Part 14 Child abuse and neglect; perspectives on childrearing and maltreatment; description; prevalence and context; developmental course and psychopathology; causes; prevention and treatment. Part 15 Health promotion for children and youth - an emerging paradigm.
Abnormal Child Psychology by Eric J. Mash
Eric J. Mash
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Cengage Learning, Inc
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