- Subject index
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 ...
Chapter 2: Child Psychiatric Epidemiology
Child Psychiatric Epidemiology
In the first chapter, we discussed basic issues pertaining to general epidemiology. During the long history of epidemiology in general medicine, there have been many opportunities to refine its methods. Although obstacles inherent in the study of child psychopathology cause epidemiological approaches in this field to progress more slowly than in general medicine, the epidemiological study of child psychopathology has proven fruitful over the past two decades (Rutter, 1988, 1989). In this chapter, specific aspects of the use of epidemiological methods in child and adolescent psychiatry will be discussed. (For brevity, the word child is also intended to include adolescent.)
Aims of Child Psychiatric Epidemiology
The epidemiology of child psychiatric conditions may serve a number of aims related to the following two ...