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Child Psychopathology, Second Edition [Hardcover]

Eric J. Mash , Russell A. Barkley
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December 27, 2002 1572306092 978-1572306097 Second Edition
Now in a fully revised and updated second edition, this authoritative text integrates state-of-the-art theory and empirical research on a wide range of child and adolescent disorders. Featuring contributions from leading scholars and clinicians, the volume is notable for its comprehensive coverage of the biological, psychological, and social-contextual determinants of childhood problems. Each chapter focuses on a specific disorder, describing its characteristics, developmental course, and epidemiology; outlining current diagnostic and classification schemes; identifying risk and protective factors; and discussing implications for prevention and treatment. Including a new chapter on adolescent substance use disorders, the second edition has been updated throughout to reflect important advances in the field. Incorporated is emerging knowledge in the areas of neurobiology, genetics, developmental psychology, and emotions, as well as new findings on sex differences in psychopathology and long-term outcomes for children at risk.

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"Child psychopathology experts Mash and Barkley have 'covered the waterfront' in this second edition of their comprehensive text. Empirically based chapters cover the full spectrum of child mental health, including behavior disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, autism, schizophrenia, learning disorders, and children at high risk. This book could serve as a full course in abnormal child psychology and should be on the bookshelf of all those in related fields, whether students, faculty members, or practitioners. The substantive introduction--almost a stand-alone text on developmental psychopathology--sets out the developmental systems framework that is used to integrate research findings from disparate professional disciplines and theoretical perspectives. Written by scholars with widely acknowledged expertise, each chapter includes a detailed description of the characteristics, diagnosis, epidemiology, prognosis, and multiple models of etiology of the syndrome at hand, as well as an exhaustive bibliography."--Mina K. Dulcan, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Northwestern University School of Medicine

"The publication of this revised second edition attests to the persistent demand for a volume of this type. Like its predecessor, the book gives evenhanded coverage to biological, cognitive, contextual, familial, and genetic variables in child psychopathology. In a field that is still in the early stages of development, this text offers a complete description of the current state of the science."--Gerald R. Patterson, PhD, Oregon Social Learning Center, Eugene, Oregon

"This is the second edition of a unique and deservedly popular text, which nests the current disorder-based taxonomy of child psychopathology within a developmental and multisystems framework. The volume comprises authoritative, extensively referenced, evidence-based reviews covering all the major childhood disorders. It is essential reading for practitioners and graduate students in all disciplines relevant to child mental health, including psychology, child psychiatry, and developmental pediatrics."--John Scott Werry, MD, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Auckland, New Zealand

"This text is unequaled in its attention to current research and theory on child psychopathology."--Elizabeth Hayden, PhD, Psychology Department, University of Western Ontario

About the Author

Eric J. Mash, PhD, is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology and Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary. He has served as an editor, editorial board member, and editorial consultant for many scientific and professional journals; and has published numerous books and journal articles.

Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Barkley has published numerous books and five assessment scales, plus more than 260 scientific articles and book chapters on ADHD, executive functioning, and childhood defiance. He is also the editor of the newsletter The ADHD Report. A frequent conference presenter and speaker who is widely cited in the national media, he is past president of the Section on Clinical Child Psychology (the former Division 12) of the American Psychological Association, and of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. His website is

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 802 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; Second Edition edition (December 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572306092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572306097
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Russell A. Barkley, PhD, is a preeminent researcher and practitioner whose other publications for parents include TAKING CHARGE OF ADHD. Dr. Barkley is also the author or editor of numerous acclaimed professional books, including DEFIANT CHILDREN, SECOND EDITION. His educational videos include two programs on childhood defiance and an award-winning series on ADHD. He is Director of Psychology and Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.Christine M. Benton has over 20 years of experience as a writer and editor of books on psychology, self-help, consumer health issues, and other topics. A graduate of St. John's College who resides in Chicago, Illinois, she has helped to develop numerous book projects as a freelance collaborator with publishers, professional associations, and authors.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a light read... April 11, 2008
By Mozo
The previous edition of this book was required reading for a Developmental Psychopathology course I completed as part of my graduate training program in educational psychology. Another more "reader-friendly" text was also required; however, I found myself referencing this book often as it is probably the definitive source of empirically based information in this subject area. I highly recommend this book for graduate students or professionals accustomed to reviewing research literature. Do not purchase this book if you are unfamiliar with chapters outlined by subsections with titles such as epidemiology, etiology, diagnostic considerations, differential diagnosis, comorbidity, and developmental outcomes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent but advanced October 4, 2008
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I agree wholeheartedly with the product description and what the reviewers said. As a master's student in psychology, this is the most advanced text in psychology I have ever read. It requires patience, determination, and i would say an underlying love of the subject. however, if you want to know about the disorders and research on them, this is the book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars provokes aversion to reading October 7, 2007
I had it for a class with the most exciting, wonderful, engaging professor a student could dream of. This book was an unbearable drag. This book's format made it nearly impossible to read, impossible to enjoy. I hope the new edition will be revised for (I admit it) "computer-era" students who don't know how to read a densely written book with minimalistic print and no illustrations. They still might make excellent psychotherapists (I hope) who shouldn't bypass this rather informative and significant book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gregg L. Friedman MD Psychiatrist, Hallandale Beach, FL September 9, 2013
Child Psychopathology Second Edition is an excellent textbook. It is well organized and easy to read. It covers everything from Attention Deficit Disorder to Autism in great detail. This book is a wonderful learning tool for psychiatrists, psychologists, medical students, and parents. I give it a 5 Star Excellent rating. By Gregg L. Friedman MD, Psychiatrist, Hallandale Beach, FL
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1.0 out of 5 stars IMPOSSIBLE TO READ May 6, 2013
By sdy
This book is nearly impossible to read. You will read a sentence and then there will literally be a paragraph of citation and you have to find where the sentence continues. I didn't read it the whole semester because it is just IMPOSSIBLE to gain information from. For the final exam, I did use it a bit to review some sections we were told to look at, but the way this book is written is very useless. It's written in similar to a research paper style so it is again IMPOSSIBLE to remember information for the test. When you read a section, it will reference past studies that were conducted, give you a lot of statistics and such. I was very upset that I even bought the book. I feel as though if you take good notes during the class, you might even be able to make it through the class without the book. The book just drags on an on and most chapters are 40 - 50 pages, which isn't THAT bad, but in this'll make it through a few pages and then just not be able to read anymore. Overall...the book isn't very helpful. Just take good notes. I'd give the book zero stars, but you can't...
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