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September 9, 1983

Adolescent and Pre-Adolescent Psychiatry

Author Affiliations

University of Hawaii School of Medicine Honolulu

JAMA. 1983;250(10):1337-1338. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340100065039

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There are few comprehensive textbooks of child and adolescent psychiatry. This new edition from Scotland (where child psychiatry is not recognized as an official subspecialty as it is in the United States) is a welcome addition. The tightly integrated text moves from principles of examination and assessment through diagnostic classification; it then dwells for a considerable time on personality development and maturation in all their vicissitudes, relates the individual personality to family functioning, and proceeds smoothly into consideration of the various syndromes and conditions found among young people. The final section on treatment includes brief short-term approaches, long-term psychotherapy, family and group therapies, and drug therapy.

Throughout this odyssey, which is a tale of the author's own experience and clinical development, we learn how a psychoanalyst (with his emphasis on developmental and personality theories) has broadened his visual field to consider a wide variety of childhood disorders and their treatments.