A comprehensive program for mental health and behavioral medicine in a large children's hospital

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Abstract

Primary health care services are differentiated from secondary or tertiary levels of care. Problems of illness-related psychopathology, sometimes called psychosomatic or behavioral medicine, are differentiated from traditional forms of emotional disturbances such as neurosis, psychosis, and personality disorders. It is shown how primary mental health care and behavioral medicine combine to form a special branch of child psychology known as pediatric, medical, or health care psychology. A program for work of this type in a large children's hospital is outlined. (12 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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