About this book
This book provides a clinical guide to the psychiatric assessment of infants and young children, birth through five years, and their families. It offers a comprehensive, data-rich framework for conducting mental health assessments of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The book includes a step-by-step guide for evaluation and assessment, reviewing relevant literature and best practices for working with very young children. It begins with an overview of the purpose and principles of psychiatric assessment and offers a protocol for planning and executing a thorough evaluation. Chapters examine critical aspects of the assessment process, including children’s relationships with parents/caregivers, assessment of parents, cultural considerations, and play behaviors. Chapters also provide illustrative case vignettes and information on specialized tools that can be adapted for use in a private office or training clinic.
Topics featured in this book include:
- Play-based assessment models for accessing the inner world of young children.
- The effect of caregivers and their reflective functioning on the mental health of young children.
- The use of adult-report rating scales in the clinical assessment of young children.
- Psychopharmacologic considerations in early childhood.
The Clinical Guide to Psychiatric Assessment of Infants and Young Children is a must-have resource for researchers, clinicians, and related professionals, and graduate students in infancy and early childhood development, pediatrics, social work, psychiatry, and public health.
“The volume is both highly practical and up to date, impressively bridging the gap between science and practice. The book is an invaluable guide for students and trainees and an important reference for seasoned clinicians.”
David Oppenheim, Ph.D., University of Haifa
“The book integrates relational, developmental and social-emotional health dimensions within each chapter, reviewing subjective and objective measures in a range of domains. The book is clear and user-friendly. I wholeheartedly recommend it!”
Daniel S. Schechter, M.D., New York University School of Medicine
“This important new volume provides multiple perspectives on the entire range of assessment methods and procedures used in early childhood mental health. This is a vital read for students and practitioners.”
Charles H. Zeanah, M.D., Tulane University
Editors and affiliations
- Book Title Clinical Guide to Psychiatric Assessment of Infants and Young Children
Karen A. Frankel
Wanjiku F.M. Njoroge
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10635-5
- Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
- Publisher Name Springer, Cham
- eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-10634-8
- eBook ISBN 978-3-030-10635-5
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XX, 367
- Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
Infancy and Early Childhood Development
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“Professionals and trainees alike offer the biggest of thanks to Karen A. Frankel, Joyce Nolan Harrison, and Wanjiku F. M. Njoroge for this wonderful book that is a precious resource on the assessment of infants, young children, their relationships with their parents and families in all their complexity. The book integrates relational, developmental and social-emotional health dimensions within each chapter, reviewing subjective and objective measures in range of domains. The book is clear and user-friendly. I wholeheartedly recommend it!” (Daniel S. Schechter, M.D. Barakett Associate Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, and Director of the Geneva Early Childhood Stress Project, University of Geneva Faculty of Medicine, Switzerland)
“This important new volume provides multiple perspectives on the entire range of assessment methods and procedures used in early childhood mental health. This is a vital read for students, practitioners, those concerned with program development, and for everyone who wants to appreciate the range and reach of our approaches to diagnosis, formulation and treatment planning.” (Charles H. Zeanah, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Vice Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New Orleans, USA)