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Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
A Casebook

Fifth Edition

August 2021 | 680 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Child and Adolescent Psychopathology: A Casebook, Fifth Edition provides students with an opportunity to gain deeper insight into a wide range of disorders within the context of the diagnostic framework of the DSM-5. This supplemental textbook provides an abundance of "real life" cases which demonstrate methods in assessing and treating a wide spectrum of child and adolescent psychopathologies in a variety of settings. Each case presents an opportunity to practice and develop clinical skills in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood disorders from a number of theoretical perspectives and at various levels of interest and expertise. The book features current trends in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and research. It is an ideal hands-on resource for a child and adolescent psychopathology course. The Fifth Edition includes a new case study on depression, expanded coverage of trauma-related disorders, a new glossary, and updated assessment materials and references throughout.

1 Introduction: Understanding the Complexities of Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
2 Introduction to Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Part A: Problems of Attention and Specific Learning Disorders
Part B: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Intellectual Disabilities
3 Introduction to Disruptive Behavior Disorders
4 Introduction to Anxiety and Compulsive Disorders
5 Introduction to Problems of Mood: Depression and Bipolar Disorders
6 Introduction to Disorders of Emotion and Behavior Dysregulation
7 Introduction to Traumatic and Stress-Related Disorders
Key features


  • A new case study covering depression
  • Expanded coverage of trauma-related disorders
  • A new glossary
  • Updated assessment materials and references throughout


  • The Fifth Edition is framed within an over-arching ecological transactional model, offering cases for learners that accurately reflect real life.
  • The text demonstrates the three-stage conceptual case formulation model using five theoretical frameworks - biological, behavioral, social cognitive, psychodynamic/attachment, and parenting style/family systems.
  • "The Case of Terry Hogan" provides students with an introductory guide as they seek to distinguish atypical from normal behavior within a developmental context.
  • Coverage of a wide range of disorders within a variety of settings includes ADHD, Williams Syndrome, childhood-onset bipolar disorder, social phobia, and self-mutilation.
  • Comprehensive assessment information drawn from a variety of developmental contexts and sources includes case histories, observations, psychometric assessments, raw data, and interviews.
  • Not-yet-diagnosed cases challenge students to develop their own diagnoses.
  • Three appendices feature supplemental case information as well as systems of classification, including "A Clinician's Guide to Educational Classification" and "Guidelines to Interpretation of Test Scores and Assessment Information".

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