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April 16, 1982

Pediatric Psychology: An Introduction for Pediatricians and Psychologists

JAMA. 1982;247(15):2157-2158. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320400067046

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While the main thrust of this book is to define the role of the psychologist working in a pediatric setting, it should be of interest to any professional who deals with children in or out of the area of emotionally or physically ill children and adolescents.

The chapter on the major theories, namely, cognitive, psychoanalytic, and behavioral, is well done and, as with all sections, the references are extensive and thorough. The cognitive theory as originated by Piaget postulates various stages through which the thinking proceeds. The theory is replete with its own terms, but once these are mastered it contributes substantially to our understanding of the development of cognitive function. The psychoanalytic theory of which Freud was the founder stresses the various stages of psychosexual development. Its main focus is on the cause and treatment of emotional problems, including those that are unconscious. The behaviorist theory is based primarily