April 1976

Behavioral Pediatrics and Child Development,

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics University of Rochester Medical Center 601 Elmwood Ave Rochester, NY 14642


by Thomas J. Kenney and Raymond L. Clemmens, 209 pp, Williams & Wilkins Co, 1975.

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(4):452-453. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120050110034

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The authors are a clinical psychologist and a pediatrician. This book is said to be mainly for the pediatric resident, intern, or new pediatrician, and its purpose is to cover the area of developmental and behavioral pediatrics in "a succinct manner." It concerns itself with what the authors perceive as the "interface of pediatric psychology and childhood development."

The book is divided into four parts, with the first being a summary of normal child development, and the second concerning problems of child development such as mental retardation, learning disabilities, and communication disorders. The third section reviews methods for evaluating problems of behavior and child development, and the fourth part concerns management of such problems.

On the whole I thought the authors accomplished pretty much what they started out to do. Some of the strong points of the book are as follows: The discussion of mental retardation and learning disabilities was

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