1st Edition

Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
Theoretical and Clinical Implications

ISBN 9781138871908
Published June 25, 2015 by Routledge
312 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

How do biological and environmental factors influence the development of childhood and adolescent disorders?

There has been a substantial increase of interest in research into child and adolescent psychopathology. In this book, Cecilia Essau brings together contributions from the UK, the US and Canada to provide a comprehensive summary of the information available on the subject.

Beginning with an introduction to general issues related to child and adolescent psychopathology, including theoretical models of normal and abnormal development, each chapter goes on to address the issues associated with specific disorders, such as:

  • oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder
  • attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • eating disorders
  • substance use disorders
  • somatoform disorders.

The contributors present a thorough overview of each disorder, including discussion of definition and classification, epidemiology, risk factors, comorbidity, course, outcome and prevention.

Child & Adolescent Psychopathology will be welcomed by all mental health professionals seeking a reliable source of scientifically and clinically relevant information on the nature and treatment of child and adolescent disorders.

Table of Contents

Essau, Preface. Lambert, Normal and Abnormal Development: What the Child Clinician Should Know. Frick, Muñoz, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder. Waschbusch, Andrade, King, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Vasa, Pine, Anxiety Disorders. Reinherz, Tanner, Paradis, Beardslee, Szigethy, Bond, Depressive Disorders. Zeiss, The Theoretical Implications of Research Findings on Adolescent Depression: Implications for Lewinsohn’s Integrative Model of Depression and for a Lifespan Developmental Theory of Depression. Striegel-Moore, Franko, Adolescent Eating Disorders. Rhode, Andrews, Substance Use Disorders. Essau, Somatoform Disorders. Kovshoff, Grindle, Hastings, Autism. Samms-Vaughan, Learning Disorders.

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Cecilia Essau is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at Roehampton University


"Child and Adolescent Psychopathology: Theoretical and Clinical Implications is a publication that indeed covers a lot of ground in child psychopathology, complete with research findings and clinical theoretical models.  The chapters' authors follow a concise, almost universal style of writing, which allows for easy reading and would satisfy the educational needs of advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and mental health professionals.  Essau captures the major psychological and psychiatric disorders of childhood in a well-planned book that is able to complement more detailed publications of childhood psychopathology...in courses of developmental psychopathology for clinical and counseling psychology students.  Similarly, this book, when paired with case studies of childhood disorders, can become a solid foundation for an applied course of clinical child psychology and other graduate mental health courses."

- Marios Constantinou, Natalie Pilpenko, Maria Karekla, in PsyCritiques, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books


"Essau has managed to bring together some interesting findings from several authors to help us understand how biological  and environmental factors influence the development of childhood and adolescent disorders. Furthermore, they have been able to highlight contributary factors and preventative measures in order to minimize or avoid symptom onset of some of the conditions researched."

- Elaine Whiffen Taylor, PTUK Certified Play Therapist