Temperament in Clinical Practice
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Pioneers in the systematic study of temperament in children, and its significance for pathological and normal development, Drs. Chess and Thomas have been conducting research in this area since 1956. While this volume addresses empirical and theoretical issues of the authors' work in this area, its emphasis is on presenting the ways in which the clinician can identify temperamental characteristics in diagnostic work?ups and how he or she can use this information for prevention and treatment of psychological disorders. This book is unique in its focus on the clinical use of knowledge about temperament, a subject which no other book addresses exclusively. The book is directed at the clinician in mental health ? the psychiatrist, psychologist, and social worker ? as well as the pediatrician, nurse, and educator. It may be used by experienced practitioners as well as trainees in the mental health fields.
Table of Contents
Part 1, The Functional Significance of Temperament. The Significance of Temperament. Goodness of Fit: Control and Mastery versus the Controlling Parent or Child. Parental Reactions to the Child's Temperament. Temperament in Infancy. Temperament in the Toddler Stage. Temperament in Middle Childhood. Temperament in Adolescence. Temperament in Adult Life. Part 2, Clinical Applications. Obtaining Data on Temperament in Clinical Practice. Prevention and Treatment ? General Considerations. Parent Guidance. Direct Treatment of Child and Adult. Part 3, Special Areas. Temperament and School Functioning. W.B. Carey, Temperament and Pediatric Practice. Temperament and Nursing Practice. Temperament and the Handicapped Child. Part 4, Overview. The Clinical Significance of Temperament. Appendix A: Temperamental Categories and Their Definitions. Appendix B: Consistence and Inconsistency of Temperament over Time.
"All clinicians treating children should understand how temperament `works'. To that end, Drs. Stella Chess and Alexander Thomas have packed over forty years of clinical wisdom into the pages of Temperament in Clinical Practice. This is essential reading, not just for pediatricians and nurse practitioners, but for teachers, pediatric social workers, health educators, and any other professional dealing with children. A definite must on the required reading list for training in these fields." - James R. Cameron, Ph.D., Kaiser Permanente Temperament Program
"The distillation of years of careful observations and compassionate work with children and their parents over their lifetimes, the rare wisdom imparted in this volume is worth our attention." ? Melvin Lewis, from the Foreword