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Clinical and Educational Child Psychology: An Ecological-Transactional Approach to Understanding Child Problems and Interventions

ISBN: 978-1-119-95226-8
368 pages
January 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
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Clinical and Educational Child Psychology: An Ecological-Transactional Approach to Developmental Problems and Interventions explores developmental milestones in early childhood and adolescence and provides intervention strategies in both clinical and educational contexts.

  • Currently one of the only books on child psychopathology that is up to date with recently-released DSM-V standards
  • Explores how challenges commonly encountered at ages 3-18 can influence development
  • Draws on contemporary research on the developing brain to show why some children may be vulnerable to a host of clinical and educational problems
  • Equips readers to develop case formulations and interventions in a holistic way
  • Discusses developmental milestones and adjustment disorders in both early childhood and adolescence
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Part One The Foundations

1 Child and Adolescent Development: Normal and Atypical Variations 3

2 Theoretical Models 23

3 Developmental Milestones: Early and Middle Childhood 54

4 Developmental Milestones: Adolescence 84

5 Development from a Clinical and Educational Perspective 106

Part Two Child and Adolescent Problems and Disorders

6 Adjustment Problems and Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence 135

7 Early Onset Problems: Preschool and Primary School 162

8 Problems of Learning and Attention 192

9 Externalizing Problems and Disruptive Behavior Disorders 219

10 Internalizing Problems and Anxiety, Mood, and Somatic Disorders 242

11 Later Onset Problems: Eating Disorders and Substance Use/Abuse 276

12 Child Maltreatment and Self-Injurious Behaviors 301

13 Trauma and Trauma Disorders 328

Index 354

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Linda Wilmshurst is an Associate Professor, Psychology Department, Elon University, North Carolina. She has authored several books and research papers on child and adolescent disorders. She has also practiced in the field as a clinical psychologist and educational (school) psychologist.

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“There is no shortage of books on developmental psychopathology, but what is unique about this one is the effort to bridge clinical and educational practice with school practice. It is very well conceptualized, and the ecological and transactional approach is very appropriate to the subject matter. In fact, it is the only framework capable of providing a full picture of children’s mental health problems. This book is highly relevant for psychologists working with children and families, as well as for teachers and special education professionals.”—Isaac Prilleltensky, PhD, Dean, School of Education and Human Development, Professor of Educational and Psychological Studies, Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being, University of Miami

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