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Handbook of Childhood Behavioral Issues

Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment

Edited by Thomas P. Gullotta, Gary M. Blau

© 2008 – Routledge

432 pages

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About the Book

Recent years have seen increasing interest in the mental health field, particularly related to strategies that foster the positive behavior and healthy mental state of children. As the Handbook of Childhood Behavioral Issues indicates, however, the causes of childhood behavioral, physical, and mental health problems are multi-dimensional and cannot be treated with a uniform approach. Rather than focus solely on theory, this book offers evidence of effective interventions as well as extensive bio-psychosocial methods of preventative practices. The research confirms the impact that environment has on children and offers new approaches to address physical, mental health, and behavioral issues in children. This volume is broken down into chapters that concentrate on a specific behavior or disorder, which not only makes the information comprehensible, but also allows for in-depth coverage of a particular issue.

In addition to considering the genetic and psychological factors that trigger childhood mental health problems, the handbook also investigates the significant impact that family members and the surrounding community have on a child’s life. It is a book uniquely designed to include both the current perspectives on childhood development and the most effective treatment and prevention options. The result is a book that provides a deeper understanding of the variety of factors that contribute to a child’s behavior along with important information on the progress of evidence-based practices.


"Gullotta and Blau have assembled an exciting group of contributors and a distinctive text. By devoting the first six chapters to foundational, family and community issues, they address the crucial importance of these factors in a manner seldom seen in other texts. For students and others new to the field, establishing this foundation will no doubt help others successfully negotiate the complexities of this field. Similarly, by addressing both physical and mental health issues, this book will serve as a comprehensive reference for all professionals engaged in the treatment of children." - Deborah C. Beidel, author of Shy Children, Phobic Adults: The Nature and Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder, Second Edition and Childhood Anxiety Disorders: A Guide to Research and Treatment

"Rather than focus solely on theory, this book offers evidence of effective interventions as well as extensive biopsychosocial methods of preventive practices… The result is a book that contribute to a child's behavior along with important information on the progress of evidence-based practices." - Jonathan Kroll, Book Review Editor, Family Therapy: The Journal of the California Graduate School of Family Psychology

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: Foundational Chapters. Gullotta, From Theory to Practice: Treatment and Prevention Possibilities. de Voursney, Mannix, Brounstein, Blau, Childhood Growth and Development. Bush, Peterson, Family Influences on Child Development. Antonishak, Reppucci, Ecological and Community Level Influences on Child Development. E. W. Holden, E. A. Holden,The Evidence Base for Treating Children’s Mental Health Disorders. Bloom, Principles and Approaches to Primary Prevention. Part II: Physical Health Issues. Philipsen, Brooks-Gunn, Overweight and Obesity in Childhood. Nansel, Hood, Diabetes in Childhood. Gustafson, Meadows-Oliver, Banasiak, Asthma in Childhood. Gillespie, Scagliola, Children with Cancer. Part III: Behavioral Health Issues. Graczyk, Connolly,Anxiety Disorders in Childhood. Roberts, Bishop, Rooney, Depression and Bipolar Disorder in Childhood. A. J. Schwebach, Mulsow, D. J. Schwebach, ADHD in Childhood. Kruczek, Vitanza, Salsman, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Childhood. Sexton, Pederson, Schuster, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder in Childhood. Mandell, Stahmer, Brodkin, Autism Spectrum Disorders in Childhood. DuCharme, McGrady, Pervasive Developmental Delay and Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Childhood. Epilogue. About the Editors. About the Contributors.

About the Editors

Thomas P. Gullotta, M.A., M.S.W. is C.E.O. of Child and Family Agency and is a member of the psychology and education departments at Eastern Connecticut State University. He is the senior author of the 4th edition of The Adolescent Experience, co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion, and editor emeritus of the Journal of Primary Prevention.

Gary Blau, Ph.D. is the Chief of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services. Blau has received several awards including the Governor's Service Award, the Phoebe Bennet Award for outstanding contribution to children's mental health in Connecticut, and the Making a Difference Award presented by Connecticut's Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. He currently holds a clinical faculty appointment at the Yale Child Study Center.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Child
PSYCHOLOGY / Reference