Introduction to Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology, by Robert Weis


In recent decades, mental health agencies have increased their demand for therapists to work exclusively with children and adolescents. For that reason, child and adolescents treatment has been gaining attention among psychologist and researchers. Schools and universities offer child and adolescents diagnosis and treatment classes in order to train students to work with these two particular populations. It is not difficult to find literature addressing the topic of therapy with children and adolescents.

When one decides to study or learn more about such a delicate subject, as it is diagnosing and treating children and adolescents, there is always a need for obtaining the best literature available in the market. SAGE Publications offers quality books on the subject of psychology. Introduction to Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology, by Robert Weis, (SAGE, 2013), is perhaps the most complete book on the subject of therapy for children and adolescents. What makes this book unique?

First and most important, the thoroughness shown by Weis in every single sentence makes this book an excellent resource for both students and practitioners. He writes from a professional perspective (he is a licensed counselor and professor). His knowledge of the subject and expertise are evidenced from the first page to the last one. The author highlights the peculiarities and individual needs children and adolescents present, as these distinctions are crucial aspects that affect diagnosis and treatments.

Secondly, this is not just a theory and informative book. This volume includes case study sections where students and readers are introduced to stories addressing the topic under subject. That helps to integrate theory and practical issues, which is always appreciated by those who are being introduced into a particular subject.

Another remarkable point readers will find inside this book is the inclusion of changes and differences between the DSM-IV and the DSM-5. That tells readers this book will remain in good outstanding and actualized until the DSM-5 is actualized, which nobody knows when. These changes are crucial for diagnosing a client, as they determine not only the diagnosis, but also the treatment plan for a particular client.

This book is divided into five main sections:

Part I. Principles of Science and Practice

Part II. Developmental and Learning Disorders

Part II. Disruptive Disorders and substance Use Problems

Part IV. Emotions and thoughts Disorders

Part V. Health-Related Problems

This book is full of charts and graphics that support the points developed and explained in every paragraph. In addition to that, a chapter summary is included at the end of each chapter. Every chapter summary includes definitions, key terms, and critical thinking exercises, just to mention some. Students have access to electronic student resources related to this book

Summarizing, Introduction to Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology is a masterpiece that will not let readers uninformed concerning the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders in children and adolescents. This extensive book will provide students and therapists with all the relevant information required to gain knowledge and experience to work with children and adolescents.

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