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Through a thoughtful and accurate balance of developmental, clinical-diagnostic, and experimental approaches to child and adolescent psychopathology, Eric Mash and David Wolfe's ABNORMAL CHILD PSYCHOLOGY remains the most authoritative, scholarly, and comprehensive book in its market. This edition has been organized and updated to reflect DSM-5 categories, as well as dimensional approaches to classification and evidence-based assessment and treatment. Accessible to a broad range of readers, the book traces the developmental course of each disorder. It also shows how child psychopathology involves biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors interacting with a child's environment. Case histories, case examples, and first-person accounts are at the heart of the text, illustrating the categorical and dimensional approaches used to describe disorders and bringing life to the theories discussed. The authors also consistently illustrate how troubled children behave in their natural settings: homes, schools, and communities.

Eric J. Mash, University of Calgary

Eric Mash is a professor emeritus of psychology at University of Calgary, where he has enjoyed teaching undergraduate classes in abnormal child psychology, behavior modification, and developmental psychopathology as well as graduate classes in clinical psychology, specifically in child psychopathology, child assessment, and child psychotherapy. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Florida State University, and completed his internship and residency in clinical child psychology at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Mash commits much of his time and energy to researching the topics of abnormal child psychology, child and family assessment, child psychotherapy, and child development. Particularly interested in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and conduct problems, and in families in which children have been physically abused, he has contributed and published many journal articles and books on these topics. He is also a Fellow of the American and Canadian Psychological Associations, and has served on the editorial boards of many prestigious journals and grant agencies at local and federal levels.

David A. Wolfe, Faculty of Education, Western University

David Wolfe is Adjunct Professor at the Centre for School Mental Health and Research Scholar at the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children, Faculty of Education, Western University in London, Canada. He is Director Emeritus of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Centre for Prevention Science, and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Toronto (2002-2016). He held the inaugural RBC Chair in Children's Mental Health from 2002 to 2012 and served as Editor-in-Chief of Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal from 2007 to 2012. He has enjoyed teaching abnormal child psychology, child assessment and psychotherapy, and community psychology to undergraduate and doctoral students. He earned his Ph.D. at University of South Florida in Tampa, and completed his residency in clinical psychology at University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Wolfe is a founding member of the Center for Research on Violence Against Women and Children, and also a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), where he served as president of Division 37, Child, Youth, and Family Services. He lends special focus to child abuse, domestic violence, and development and developmental psychopathology, as well as the impact of early childhood trauma on later development in childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. He currently focuses his attention on school-based programs to prevent violence in relationships.
  • This edition is updated and reorganized to reflect the DSM-5; for instance, with discussion of new categories Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) and Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder (DSED). There's also new coverage of trauma- and stressor-related disorders-now recognized in DSM-5 as specific disorders distinct from other behavioral and emotional disorders, and stemming from many forms of tragic events that affect children's development and life course.
  • A new discussion of the nature of child maltreatment illustrates how major forms of childhood stress and trauma often stem from unhealthy relationships with significant others.
  • New, updated, and revised material includes new information on family factors in externalizing and internalizing disorders, and on developmental disabilities; new findings on different presentation types, dimensions, and specifiers for disorders such as oppositional defiant disorder; recent findings on the development of precursors of psychopathy in young people; and recent findings on patterns of use and misuse of medications for treating ADHD and childhood depression.
  • New findings from neuroimaging studies of ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, and depression illuminate neurobiological causes. Other current findings from neuroimaging studies show the harmful effects of abuse and neglect as well as similar forms of stress and trauma on neurocognitive development.
  • Enhanced focus on evidence-based assessment and treatments includes advances in early identification and new treatments for autism spectrum disorder (Ch. 6); descriptions of new and revised communication and learning disorders such as social (pragmatic) communication disorder as well as behavior therapy, psychopharmacological, and combined treatments for ADHD (Ch. 8); parent management training, problem-solving skills training, and multi-systemic therapy for oppositional and conduct disorders (Ch. 9); and many other topics.
  • Expanded coverage of important, contemporary topics includes discussion of presentation types of disorders such as the predominantly inattentive presentation of ADHD and new findings on emotional impulsivity (Ch. 8); temperament and personality disorders (Ch. 2 and Ch. 4); different symptom clusters for oppositional defiant disorder (Ch. 9); and parenting styles (Ch. 2, 9, 10, 11, and 12), among other topics.
  • The authors present new emphasis on current approaches to treatment and prevention in each chapter. For instance, they include the most recent follow-up findings from groundbreaking programs such as early interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder, Fast Track for conduct disorders, and the Multimodal Treatment Study for Children with ADHD.
  • Enriched coverage of gender and culture appears in each chapter and includes exciting new findings related to the expression, development, and adolescent outcomes for girls with ADHD, conduct problems, and anxiety and mood disorders; and for children from different ethnic and cultural groups.
  • Updated content covers prevalence, age of onset, and gender distribution for each disorder, including a discussion of issues surrounding the reported increase in prevalence of autism spectrum disorder.
  • Discussion of the most recent theories about developmental pathways for different disorders includes the childhood precursors of eating disorders.
  • The authors present integrative developmental frameworks for ADHD, conduct problems, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and child maltreatment.
  • Research updates include recent genetic discoveries regarding neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and specific learning and communication disorders.
  • There are also new exciting findings on the interplay between early experience and brain development, including how early stressors (such as abuse) alter the brain systems associated with regulating stress and place children at risk for developing later problems, such as anxiety or mood disorders.
  • New material discusses the strong connection between children's behavior patterns and the availability of a suitable child-rearing environment, and how early experience can influence both gene expression and brain development.
  • Disorders are now organized around the DSM-5 criteria and summarized in DSM-5 tables to present the disorders' primary characteristics as accurately and clearly as possible.
  • Current findings regarding the reliability and validity of DSM diagnostic criteria for specific disorders are discussed, with attention to issues, features, and disorders that are new to DSM-5.
  • A comprehensive and integrative approach pays attention to advances in abnormal child and adolescent psychology and focuses on the child, not just the disorders.
  • The book is organized into a logical four-part framework to facilitate understanding of the individual disorders and mastery of the material overall.
  • First-person accounts and case histories help students grasp the real-world impact of disorders.
  • "A Closer Look" boxes, found throughout the book, draw students into the material and enrich each topic with engaging additional information. Examples include "What Are the Long-Term Criminal Consequences of Child Maltreatment?", "Common Fears in Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence," and "Did Darwin Have a Panic Disorder?"
  • The authors' in-depth coverage of the role of the normal developmental process in understanding each disorder, as well as their close attention to important sex differences in the expression, determinants, and outcomes of child and adolescent disorders, promote greater understanding.
  • Numerous video clips selected by the authors are listed in the Instructor's Manual. These current, high-interest videos focus on the mental disorders affecting children.
1. Introduction to Normal and Abnormal Behavior in Children and Adolescents.
2. Theories and Causes.
3. Research.
4. Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment.
5. Intellectual Disability (Intellectual Developmental Disorder).
6. Autism Spectrum Disorder and Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia.
7. Communication and Learning Disorders.
8. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
9. Conduct Problems.
10. Depressive and Bipolar Disorders.
11. Anxiety and Obsessive–Compulsive Disorders.
12. Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders.
13. Health-Related and Substance-Use Disorders.
14. Feeding and Eating Disorders.

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