Promoting the Emotional Well Being of Children and Adolescents and Preventing Their Mental Ill Health
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Kedar Nath Dwivedi is a Consultant in child, adolescent and family psychiatry in Northampton, Honorary Clinical Teacher in the University of Leicester and Honorary Director of the International Institute of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. He has edited Group Work with Children and Adolescents and Meeting the Needs of Ethnic Minority Children, both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Peter Brinley Harper is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working in the Child Health Directorate of the Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust. He is a member of the Board of Examiners of the Oxford Doctoral Training Course in Clinical Psychology and has lectured on the newly established MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at University College Northampton.
This comprehensive guide provides overviews of the key psychological processes affecting mental health, such as development, attachment, emotion regulation and attention, and draws out the implications for preventive measures and promotion of emotional well-being. The authors, from a range of professional disciplines, emphasise the importance of early intervention and prevention, exploring in particular how initiatives in parenting and education can promote children's emotional well-being. The topics they cover include:* the prevention and management of addiction and eating disorders* the development of culturally sensitive services for ethnic minority children and families* the impact of parenting programmes and the life skills education programmes in schools* ways of meeting the mental health needs of children who are socially excluded, homeless or in local authority care.Providing examples of a broad range of projects and initiatives in Britain and other European countries, this handbook will be an invaluable resource for all professionals working in child and adolescent mental health.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
; July 2004
288 pages; ISBN 9781846420115Read online
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Title: Promoting the Emotional Well Being of Children and Adolescents and Preventing Their Mental Ill Health
Author: Panos Vostanis; Kedar Nath Dwivedi; Peter Harper
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`This book provides content that is well referenced, clear, logically laid out, easy to read, and applicable to children and care providers across social systems and cultural groups. Topics covered include: the prevention and management of anxiety and depression, addiction, and eating disorders; the development of culturally sensitive services for ethnic minority children and families, the impact of parenting programmes and the life skills education programmes in schools; and ways of meeting the mental health needs of children who are socially excluded, homeless or under the auspice of a local authority care system. The authors provide evidence not only to support their theoretical claims but also to dispel unexamined myths about children and adolescents. What is stunning is the authors' targeting of developmental age-sensitive and developmental age-specific strategies to foster the development of age appropriate behaviour of children, adolescents and their parents. Also stunning is the authors' poignant call for better top-down, `systemic positioning' of programmes for children as a primary way of assuring their continuity and success. The authors are to be commended, as well, for their effort to increase the power of an intervention initiative with children and their parents by integrating multicultural concepts into the initiative.In summary, this guide for promoting a child's emotional competence can be of great value for anyone who cares about children and those who are responsible for improving the lot of children in society including parents, practitioners, politicians, faculty and students. I highly recommend the guide for upper division, undergraduate nursing and social work students mastering concepts in the discipline of paediatrics, education, and mental health.'