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Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents


  • 18 b/w illus. 6 tables
  • Page extent: 544 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.79 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521576727 | ISBN-10: 0521576725)

In this book, a clinical scientist highlights youth psychotherapies that have been tested and shown to work. Treatments for fears and anxiety, depression, attention deficits and ADHD, and conduct problems and disorder are described in detail, their conceptual basis explained, their clinical application illustrated by richly developed case examples, and their prospects for use in clinical practice examined closely. This clinical perspective is complemented by summaries and critiques of the empirical evidence on each treatment and by commentaries on what questions remain unanswered. The author's clinical and scientific experience converge to produce a uniquely valuable experience on exemplary treatments for children and adolescents.

• Useful to practitioners, clinical service planners, administrators • Each treatment illustrated with a full case study • Useful to researchers, professors, and students


Part I. General Introduction: 1. Youth psychotherapies: the lay of the land; Part II. Treatments for Fears and Anxiety: Section introduction and the case of Sean: 2. Four classic treatments for fears: modeling, systemic desensitization, reinforced exposure, and self-talk; 3. Therapies for anxiety disorders: coping cat, coping koala, and family anxiety management; Part III. Treatments for Depression: Section introduction and the case of Mega: 4. Cognitive-behavioral therapies for child depression; 5. Cognitive-behavioral therapies for adolescent depression; Part IV. Treatments for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Section introduction and the case of Sal: 8. Treating conduct problems by teaching anger control; 9. Behavioral parent training and family treatment for conduct problems; 10. Parent-child interaction treatments for child noncompliance; 11. Parent training through video modeling and structured group discussion; 12. Using problem solving skills training and parent management training to help children with conduct disorder; 13. Multisystemic therapy for antisocial and delinquent youth; Part V. Conclusion: 14. Evidence-based youth psychotherapies: strengths, limitations, future directions; References.


'… useful to academics, researchers, trainee therapists, and to practitioners who want structured cognitive-behaviour treatment programmes to follow in their work with youngsters.' Young Minds

'… a highly readable account summarizing the current 'state of the art; treatments for common emotional and behavioural disorders in childhood and adolescence … each chapter readily available for clinician and researcher alike … I thoroughly recommended this excellent book by John Weisz to all clinicians and clinician researchers in child and adolescent mental health services. Do not wait to find the one library copy being absent without leave when you most want it - buy your own!' Psychological Medicine

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