Mental Health Problems in Childhood

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 205–206. Reviews the book, Handbook of Treatment of Mental Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence edited by Benjamin B. Wolman, Alan O. Ross, and James Egan (1978). The editors planned this book as a comprehensive, objective, up-to-date presentation of all major treatment methods currently applied by clinical child psychologists, child psychiatrists, and other professionals concerned with mental health problems in childhood and adolescence and prevention of mental disorders in adult years. The “Treatment of Specific Problems” section of the book includes chapters on minimal brain dysfunction, ulcerative colitis, enuresis, encopresis, asthma, speech disorders, mental retardation, learning disabilities, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual problems and antisocial behavior, etc. The order in which the chapters are presented appears to be random with the exception that different chapters on the same behavior problem are contiguous. On the positive side, several of the chapters are excellent in their coverage of treatment strategies and the research literature. The principal problem with the Handbook seems to be a design that permitted significant omissions and fragmented coverage. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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