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If you're looking for a concise resource that examines child psychiatric epidemiology, then look no further. In this excellent volume, Verhulst and Koot answer a wide variety of questions pertaining to the etiology, the course, and therapy of child psychiatric conditions. Central issues related to diagnosis, assessment, sampling, and cross-cultural studies are presented in a highly readable fashion. Research on prevalence and patterns of childhood dysfunction and how these are influenced by such factors as age, sex, and social class are examined in detail. Verhulst and Koot also provide a detailed description of community surveys and offer a referral pathway to psychiatric care for children. Child Psychiatric Epidemiology provides critical, epidemiological concepts, designs, and information for psychiatrists, psychologists, researchers, health care providers and students. “This must be one of the most intelligent books a child psychiatrist has a chance and a reason to read. In fact, it is a book which anyone with an interest in the epidemiology of mental phenomena, whether these relate to children or not, should read…. The book packs a far bigger punch than its 140 odd pages would suggest. There is always enough substance to bit into, and its style is didactic, critical, and analytical; the material is dissected rather than presented. The reader is guided through concepts, research designs, definitions of caseness, tools, sampling methods, with examples and demonstrations from all the major epidemiological child psychiatric studies, at a very satisfying depth. Finally, its price makes it one the best value reads in years.” –British Journal of Psychiatry “This well-written book provides an overview of epidemiologic approaches in the field of child pyschopathology…. The authors model the processes of critical thinking and scholarly critique in an elegant manner. Stimulating questions are raised regarding the validity and applicability of various approaches or conceptualizations in child psychopathology. Citations of key references and studies in the field represent an excellent resource for new researchers. The use of actual studies to exemplify concepts and methods brings the content alive.” –Child Development Abstracts & Bibliography “Provides an excellent introduction to a complex and important issue that is conflictual…. All professionals who either generate or pursue policies relating to child abuse and those who make decisions about resources and disposition of individual cases should know the contents of this book.” –Issues in Child Abuse Accusations

Basic Concepts
Basic concepts

Epidemiology is concerned with the patterns of disease occurrence in human populations and with the factors that influence these patterns (Lilienfeld & Lilienfeld, 1980). Three closely related components characterize epidemiology. The first is the assessment of the frequency of the occurrence of a disease or disorder. This involves the quantification of disease occurrence. The second component is the assessment of the distribution of disease or disorder. This involves such questions as these: Who has the disease or disorder within a population, and when and where is it occurring? The last component is derived from the first two. It is necessary to study the frequency and distribution of disease or disorder to test which factors are associated with the variation of frequency and ...

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