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Seminars in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (second edition)

Edited by Simon Gowers

Price: £25.00

Members' discount available

Published: Sep 2005

Format: paperback

Number of pages: 370

ISBN: 9781904671138

Seminars in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (second edition)

Part of the College Seminars Series.

This core textbook for trainees in child and adolescent psychiatry has been extensively updated and extended, with a number of new chapters covering the major disorders and the range of service provision. From assessment to outcome, from normal development to unusual syndromes, from theoretical perspectives to treatment, the reader will find this a clear, concise and invaluable overview of the field.

This new edition:
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the specialty of child and adolescent psychiatry.
  • Leads the reader succinctly from theory to clinical practice.
  • Considers the full range of theoretical and management approaches.


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List of contributors

1. A brief history of child and adolescent psychiatry - Dora Black and Simon G. Gowers

2. Normal development and developmental theories - Latha Hackett

3. Influences on development - David M. Kingsley and Simon G. Gowers
4. Continuities and discontinuities from childhood to adult life - Ian M. Goodyer

5. Classification and epidemiology - Simon G. Gowers and Robin Glaze

6. The law in relation to children - David M. Foreman

7. Assessment in child and adolescent psychiatry - Mary Eminson

8. Developmental disorders - Paul Tiffin and Ann Le Couteur

9. Disorders of conduct - Paul McArdle

10. Disorders of attachment, anxiety and adjustment - Judith Trowell

11. Depression and self-harm - Andrew J. Cotgrove

12. Psychosis - Clare Lamb

13. Substance misuse - Clare Lamb

14. Eating disorders - Simon G. Gowers

15. Biological factors - Lindsey Kent

16. Psychosocial factors - Tim Morris

17. Disorders of parenting and child abuse - Stephen Earnshaw

18. Principles of treatment, service delivery and psychopharmacology - Bobby Smyth and Simon G. Gowers

19. Psychosocial approaches and psychotherapies - Alison Wood and Steve Hughes

20. Liaison approaches - Andrew Weaver

21. Forensic services - Sue Bailey

22. In-patient units - Sean Maskey


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“Everyone taking postgraduate training in psychiatry will benefit from reading this. …I would hope that trainee paediatricians would find time for it as well, as there is much in here that they should know about.”
- Journal of Mental Health


“Although the book is intended for psychiatrists, it is for the most part very clearly written in non-technical language. Professionals working in community services…wishing to learn more about the approach likely to be taken by a child and adolescent psychiatry service with a child with whom they are concerned will find it both interesting and useful.”
- Children Now


"If you are looking for brief but succinct overviews of child psychiatric disorders and interventions, this book will fit the bill."
- Community Care


“A really useful book. …It will also serve well as a brief guide to paediatricians and hospital doctors whose focus is not primarily mental health but who will undoubtedly come into contact with child and adolescent mental health issues. …I would happily put this book on my shelf.”
- British Journal of Hospital Medicine


"A stimulating and thought-provoking introduction to child and adolescent psychiatry.  It has a wealth of useful information, perhaps particularly for junior trainees who are preparing for College examinations.  If used appropriately, some of the answers to those elusive multiple-choice examination questions may even be discovered here.  It is also a good source of information throughout specialist training in child and adolescent psychiatry.  We would, therefore, recommend the book without any hesitation to all specialist trainees in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry."

- Psychological Medicine