Launched in 1971, Adolescent Psychiatry, in the words of founding coeditors Sherman C. Feinstein, Peter L. Giovacchinni, and Arthur A. Miller, promised "to explore adolescence as a process . . . to enter challenging and exciting areas that may have profound effects on our basic concepts." Further, they promised "a series that will provide a forum for the expression of ideas and problems that plague and excite so many of us working in this enigmatic but fascinating field." For over two decades, Adolescent Psychiatry has fulfilled this promise. The repository of a wealth of original studies by preeminent clinicians, developmental researchers, and social scientists specializing in this stage of life, the series has become an essential resource for all mental health practitioners working with youth.
Volume 23 of The Annals begins with the late Richard Marohn's reexamination of Peter Blos's concept of "prolonged adolescence," followed by contributions on the developmental roots of adolescent disturbances, the role of family interactions in adolescent depression, the establishment of a therapeutic alliance with adolescents, and the treatment of narcissistically disordered adolescents. The assessment and treatment of adolescent substance abuse and of psychosomatic and depressive symptoms in adolescence receive timely consideration. In a concluding section on "School-Based and Preventive Programs," contributors address a range of important issues, from adolescent sex and AIDS, to the provision of mental health services in public and private schools, to the need for school-based suicide postvention programs. In summary, volume 23 shows adolescent psychiatry to be as vital as ever, building on the clinical wisdom of the past while responding to the urgent challenges of the day.
Table of Contents
Esman, In Memoriam: Derek Miller, M.D. Weintrob,Foreword. Part I: Developmental Considerations. Marohn, A Reexamination of Peter Blos's Concept of Prolonged Adolescence. Tyson, Developmental Roots of Adolescent Disturbance. Katz, The Role of Family Interactions in Adolescent Depression: A Review of Research Findings. Part II: Psychopathological Issues in Adolescence. Jaffe, Adolescent Substance Abuse: Assessment and Treatment. Schmidt, Lay, Esser, & Ihle, Psychosomatic and Depressive Symptoms from Age Eight to Age Eighteen. Part III: Psychotherapeutic Issues in Adolescence. Katz, Establishing the Therapeutic Alliance. Anthony, Treatment of a Narcissistically Disordered Adolescent: Some Theoretical and Therapeutic Considerations. Perl, Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Success: Self-Destructive Behavior as an Expression of Autonomy in Young Women. Part IV: School-Based and Preventative Programs. Renshaw, Adolescent Sex and AIDS. Mauk, Sharpnack, A Light Unto the Darkness: The Psychoeducational Imperative of School-Based Suicide Postvention. Pearson, Jennings, & Norcross, A Program of Comprehensive School-Based Mental Health Services in a Large Urban Public School District: The Dallas Model. Gottlieb, The Current Crisis in Psychotherapy at Boarding Schools: Protecting the Interests of the Child and of the School.
Aaron H. Esman, M.D., is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry (Emeritus), Cornell University Medical College, and Faculty, New York Psychoanalytic Institute. He is editor of Psychology of Adolescence: Essential Readings and Psychiatric Treatment of Adolescents and author of Adolescence and Culture. He maintains a private practice of psychiatry with adults, adolescents, and children.