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February 5, 2020

Helping Families to Understand and Cope With Psychiatric Disorders in Childhood—Beyond Basic Facts

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California–Los Angeles, Los Angeles
JAMA Psychiatry. 2020;77(4):433-434. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.4812

There is increasing awareness among clinicians that families should be active participants in the treatment of children with psychiatric disorders. Considerable evidence suggests that family interventions that include psychoeducation and training in communication or problem-solving skills are associated with improved clinical outcomes in children and adolescents with mood disorders,1 obsessive-compulsive disorder,2 psychosis risk syndromes,3 and autism spectrum disorders.4 Increasingly, family psychoeducation is being recommended as a primary or secondary treatment in clinical guidelines for childhood psychiatric disorders.5,6

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