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An Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health

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Title: An Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Authors: Maddie Burton, Erica Pavord, and Briony Williams

Publisher: SAGE

Reviewer: Evelyn Martin, senior lecturer, West Virginia University

What was it like?

While succinct, it encapsulates the disease and conditions with clear and precise definition. Activities are provided throughout to assist the learner in gaining more knowledge through critical thinking. A nice overview of child development theories and theorists is provided. The various case studies presented offer the learner valuable insight into the child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing, as well as their rights and safeguarding.  Therapeutic interventions are reviewed in a reasonable manner, once again providing case studies to encourage critical thinking on the learners’ part. Overall, a clear and easy read on a very important, yet challenging topic.

I enjoyed reading this entire book. The authors did a tremendous job of keeping the information basic enough for the novice student, yet presenting enough information to allow the student to gain valuable knowledge.

What were the highlights?

Burton et al. (2014) highlight the essential key issues, while concentrating on building one’s knowledge base in all aspects of child and adolescent mental health. They highlight the significance of “everyone’s responsibility” including; the child, the young person, and the family, as well as, everyone that may come into contact with the child and adolescent.

Strengths & Weaknesses:

While writing a book on a complicated topic, the authors’ experience and passion for the subject comes through in every aspect of the book. A specific strength of the book would be the layout and flow, which keeps the reader engrossed and the learner actively engaged. The way the book is presented, going through the various conditions and diseases, theories, case studies, and ending with therapeutic interventions and well as the group worked offered demonstrates the thoroughness of the authors thought process in putting this book together. The fact that the book is such a concise and easy read is also an identifiable strength. I didn’t really find any weaknesses in this book. 

Who should read it?

I believe it will serve as a valuable source of information to the novice students at the beginning of their education in child and adolescent mental health. The more experienced student can obtain a wealth of knowledge from this book as well. It would also be a good resource book to the more established nurse, the clinical nurse specialist, and the nurse practitioner.

An Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health


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