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Conduct disorders and severe antisocial behavior
Frick, Paul J.
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New York : Plenum Press, [1998]

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viii, 152 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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RJ506.C65 F75 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This book outlines a scientific approach to understanding and treating children and adolescents who display a severe pattern of aggressive antisocial behaviour. Unlike other works which tend to focus exclusively on research data or practical guidelines for treatment approaches, this reference integrates both of these aspects, providing clear guidelines for intervention based on the most current research. Outstanding features include 23 tables and figures, and two chapters detailing a comprehensive approach to treatment tailored to the needs of the individual child or adolescent.

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Frick's book represents a fair appraisal of the extant literature on the research and practice surrounding conduct disorders and antisocial behavior. Although written primarily for the professional, the book addresses a topic of high interest to the general public, given the recent increase in youthful violence and juvenile delinquency generally. The author has published widely on these topics and was among the researchers who defined, tested, and retested the criteria for conduct disorders to be included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV). Following a scientist-practitioner approach, Frick provides several models of conduct disorders and the research in support of each. He is careful to distinguish between these disorders and other related abnormalities, and to indicate the prevalence of the co-occurrence of the various conditions. His consideration of treatment issues is equally careful, with special attention given to the relationship between individual causal factors and the selection of the appropriate therapeutic procedures. Family issues, for example, are often seen as key both in etiology and treatment. One shortcoming is the lack of attention to cultural expectations in the very definition of these disorders. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. P. McKinney; formerly, Michigan State University

Table of Contents

1 An Introduction to Conduct Disorders
2 The Nature of Antisocial Behaviors and Conduct Disorders
3 Classification of Conduct Disorders
4 The Etiology of Conduct Disorders
5 Clinical Assessment
6 Treatment I: The Basic Techniques
7 Comprehensive Approaches to Treatment