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Books, Journals, New Media
October 26, 2005

Adolescent Mental Health

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;294(16):2099-2100. doi:10.1001/jama.294.16.2099

In 2001 the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands convened seven commissions to review the research on mental disorders in adolescence and to suggest agendas for the future advancement of research, treatment, prevention, and public policy in the area of adolescent mental health. This volume is a report of the commissions’ findings, and it is a scholarly, thorough and ambitious work. (The reference section alone is 165 pages.)

Each of the seven commissions studied a specific mental health disorder. These were limited to mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, suicide, substance abuse, and schizophrenia because of the view that they dominate the picture of mental health disorders and have the greatest impact on public policy. An additional section discusses positive youth development as a means of focusing efforts on promoting mental health in adolescence, rather than just treating mental illness. Each section is edited by the commission chair (notable psychiatrists and psychologists in their fields), and a final chapter presents overall conclusions, recommendations, and priorities for the future.

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