Psychological Treatment of Mental Health Problems in Children and Adolescents

Living reference work entry
Part of the Mental Health and Illness Worldwide book series (MHIW)


The psychological treatment of mental health problems in children and adolescents is described in the context of a multimodal treatment approach with interventions on the level of the patient, the family, and the (pre-)school according to the patient’s needs. Moreover, treatment has to be adapted to the developmental level of the individual patient. Evidence-based mechanism of change is applied (e.g., resource activation, problem focusing, cognitive-affective clarification, active support for coping with problems). The treatment focuses on specific problem behavior and is individually tailored. Examples for multimodal child and adolescent psychotherapy for children with internalizing and externalizing mental health problems are described.


Psychological treatment Mental health problems Externalizing problems Internalizing problems Children and adolescents 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Child and Adolescent Cognitive Behavior Therapy (AKiP)Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy; Faculty of Medicine and University Hospital Cologne, University of CologneCologneGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Human SciencesUniversity of CologneCologneGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Eric Taylor
    • 1
  • John CM Wong
    • 2
  1. 1.Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department, Institute of PsychiatryKing's College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Psychological MedicineNational University Health SystemSingaporeSingapore

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