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In the Long Run...Longitudinal Studies of Psychopathology in Children

Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry

  • ISBN 978-0-87318-212-6
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In this work, the Child Psychiatry Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry has compiled the conclusions of new research, under publicized studies, and hard-to-find governmental reports on the development of psychopathology in children. Only through such longitudinal studies can we examine early personality traits and behavior that may lead to serious psychopathology later in life and identify effective prevention methods.

This report

  • Reviews several studies of early therapeutic school-based prevention programs such as Head Start, the New Haven School Development Program, Project Giant Step, Success for All, and preschool intervention programs
  • Examines issues related to the effects of environmental stress and of medical issues on developing psychopathology
  • Reviews the effects of mentally ill parents on a child's development, including both stress and heredity factors
  • Presents studies of the outcome of pathology for children with specific psychiatric diagnoses, such as in children with chronic medical illnesses, childhood traumas, mood and anxiety disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorders, and eating disorders
  • Considers the effects of race, gender, and comorbidity on later development of pathology
  • Provides insight into the long-term effects of a child's disorder on other family members and presents research that helps us understand which childhood mental health problems children outgrow and which lead to later psychopathology

This invaluable resource consolidates current knowledge about the factors promoting or deterring children's development toward healthy adulthood. It is especially helpful in assisting practitioners with clinical decision making.


  • Introduction and overview. Head start or false start? Effects of early disabilities and social stress on later development. The chronically medically ill child. Children whose parents are mentally ill. Childhood trauma. Mood and anxiety disorders and suicidal behavior in children and adolescents. Eating disorders. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Conduct disorder. Outcome of childhood pathology: single versus comorbid disorders. Summary and conclusions. Index.

An excellent and comprehensive review, this very readable book superbly utilizes both familiar and hard-to-find published research to highlight new, and sometimes counterintuitive, data on the development and course of childhood psychopathology. . . . This book is an essential possession for all mental health practitioners, administrators, and policy makers, especially those involved with primary and secondary prevention.—Readings: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health

The book is well organized with a clear progression from general issues related to behavioral concerns to more specific discussion of psychiatric illnesses in children and adolescents. . . . It is exciting to read a study of childhood psychopathology that so clearly integrated developmental issues with attempts to understand illness and the interface with the environment.—Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Although it is very tempting to try to summarize in this review the richness of information presented in this book, each chapter is easily readable and loaded with data and therefore the reader is referred to digest the material for him/herself . . . a ready source for up-to-date data on longitudinal outcome studies. The authors have performed a true service for all professionals involved in the care of children and adolescents . . . This book should be must reading for all professionals working with children and adolescents and should be a part of all training programs curriculum.—Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorders, Vol. 188(9), 9/1/2000

It is well written and provides a succinct summary of a large amount of longitudinal research. A useful addition for a postgraduate center library.—British Journal of Psychiatry

The book reads easily and is an excellent review of important information for practicing psychiatrists, researchers and devlopmentalists as well as for those studying for their boards or wishing a review of longitudinal studies of psychiatric disorders in childhood.—Psychiatric Times

This book is well edited and well referenced and reads quickly. It is a ready source for up-to-date data on longitudinal outcome studies. The authors have performed a true service for all professionals involved in the care of children and adolescents.—Richard M. Sarles, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine

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