A Primer for Treating Children

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 842–843. Reviews the book, Helping Troubled Children by Michael Rutter (1975). In this book, Rutter attempts to explain how, in the light of research findings, professionals understand and treat “the psychiatric difficulties of the everyday child.” Such children are of school age, live at home, and receive outpatient therapy in a clinic. Their problems differ in degree, not in kind, from those of “normal” children. Overall, Rutter has admirably achieved his intent. Nonprofessionals will understand his rational approach to helping troubled children as well as his informative survey of the “solid” facts of child psychiatry. He has conveyed as well his own concern for children. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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