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Introduction to Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology

Introduction to Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology

Fourth Edition

September 2020 | 680 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Reflecting the latest advancements in the field and complete DSM–5 criteria, Robert Weis’ Introduction to Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology provides students with a comprehensive and practical introduction to child psychopathology. The book uses a developmental psychopathology approach to explore the emergence of disorders over time, describe the risks and protective factors that influence developmental processes and trajectories, and examine child psychopathology in relation to typical development and children’s sociocultural context. The fully revised Fourth Edition includes a new chapter on research methods, a greater emphasis on the ways social-cultural factors affect each disorder covered, and recent research findings on topics such as autism spectrum disorder and adolescents’ use of nicotine and marijuana vaping products.

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Case Studies in Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology, also by Weis, presents brief case studies based on real children, adolescents, and families, along with discussion questions that correspond to material in the core text. Bundle Case Studies in Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology with Introduction to Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology, Fourth Edition for even more savings.

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An Invitation
About the Author
Part I: Evidence-Based Research and Practice
Chapter 1: The Science and Practice of Abnormal Child Psychology
1.1 Identifying Behavior Problems in Children

1.2 The Prevalence Childhood Disorders

1.3 Integrating Science and Practice

Chapter 2: The Causes of Childhood Disorders
2.1 Developmental Psychopathology

2.2 Biological Influences on Development

2.3 Psychological Influences on Development

2.4 Social–Cultural Influences on Development

Chapter 3: Research Methods With Children and Families
3.1 Science vs. Pseudoscience

3.2 Research Goals and Methods

3.3 Ethical Research With Children and Families

Chapter 4: Assessing and Treating Children’s Problems
4.1 Psychological Assessment

4.2 Systems of Psychotherapy

4.3 The Efficacy and Effectiveness of Child Psychotherapy

Part II: Developmental Disorders and Disabilities
Chapter 5: Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disorders
5.1 Description and Epidemiology

5.2 Causes

5.3 Identification, Prevention, and Treatment

Chapter 6: Autism Spectrum Disorder
6.1 Description and Epidemiology

6.2 Causes

6.3 Identification, Prevention, and Treatment

Chapter 7: Communication and Learning Disorders
7.1 Communication Disorders

7.2 Learning Disabilities and Specific Learning Disorder

Part III: Disruptive Disorders and Substance Use Problems
Chapter 8: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
8.1 Description and Epidemiology

8.2 Causes

8.3 Evidence-Based Treatment

Chapter 9: Conduct Problems in Children and Adolescents
9.1 Description and Epidemiology

9.2 Causes

9.3 Evidence-Based Treatment

Chapter 10: Substance Use Problems in Adolescents
10.1 Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders

10.2 Causes of Substance Use Problems

10.3 Evidence-Based Treatment

Part IV: Emotion and Thought Disorders
Chapter 11: Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder
11.1 Anxiety Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence

11.2 Obsessive–Compulsive and Related Disorders

11.3 Evidence-Based Treatment

Chapter 12: Trauma-Related Disorders and Child Maltreatment
12.1 Social–Emotional Deprivation in Infancy

12.2 Child Maltreatment

12.3 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Chapter 13: Depression, Suicide, and Self-Injury
13.1 Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

13.2 Major Depressive Disorder and Dysthymia

13.3 Suicide and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury

Chapter 14: Pediatric Bipolar Disorders and Schizophrenia
14.1 Bipolar Disorders in Children and Adolescents

14.2 Pediatric Schizophrenia

Part V: Health-Related Disorders
Chapter 15: Feeding and Eating Disorders
15.1 Feeding Disorders in Young Children

15.2 Eating Disorders in Older Children and Adolescents

15.3 Evidence-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders

Chapter 16: Health-Related Disorders and Pediatric Psychology
16.1 Elimination Disorders

16.2 Sleep–Wake Disorders in Children

16.3 Pediatric Psychology

References and Suggested Reading


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Key features
  • A new chapter on child and adolescent research methods covers the essential features of scientific thinking, the dangers of relying on pseudoscience when providing mental health services to children and families, and common methods and research designs used to describe, predict, and explain children’s development.
  • A greater emphasis on the ways social-cultural factors affect the presentation, prevalence, course, and treatment of each disorder is seen through chapters that provide expanded coverage of the way children’s gender, ethnicity, language, religion, acculturation, migration experiences, and socioeconomic status might influence the emergence of each disorder and response to treatment.
  • Chapters have been updated to reflect the current scientific research and recommended clinical practice, taking into account that the prevalence and demographic distribution of several childhood problems has changed over the last several years.


  • A developmental psychopathology approach to understanding child psychopathology allows readers to study each disorder from multiple levels of analysis (e.g., biological, psychological, social-cultural) with an emphasis on risk and protective factors that shape children’s developmental pathways over time.
  • Chapters are split into smaller modules to make material more accessible to students and to allow instructors to easily tailor reading assignments to their courses.
  • Modules are organized by research questions such as “How common is autism spectrum disorder?” and “What treatments are effective for toddlers with autism spectrum disorder?” to spark students’ interest and to guide their reading.
  • Each chapter provides descriptions of evidence-based treatments identified by professional organizations such as the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • Science to Practice sections show how clinicians apply evidence-based treatment in clinics, hospitals, and schools to help children and families in need.
  • In-text learning aids include learning objectives, section summaries, key terms with definitions, and critical thinking exercises to help students to master the material.

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