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Behavioral Pediatrics

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Behavioral pediatrics (BP) is a branch of pediatrics that integrates behavioral and pediatric sciences to promote the health of children. A unique aspect of BP is that competencies for practice can be met by physicians or psychologists, and thus its practitioners include both. Most typically, however, the physician and psychologist work in partnership whether the task at hand involves a particular case or a promising area of research. Another unique aspect is that BP plays a significant role across the three levels of care in medicine: primary (e.g., routine, preventive), secondary (e.g., therapeutic, curative), and tertiary (e.g., rehabilitative, palliative). Historically, there have been three general areas of inquiry and application in BP: (1) common behavior problems that present in ...

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