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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 ...


It is usually neither feasible nor necessary to study the whole of a population to obtain valid results. Instead, it is more practical to investigate a sample of the total population being studied (the target population). A sample is a subset of the population that is used to gain information about the entire population (Henry, 1990). The ability to generalize study findings to the target population is a function of the sample from which the data are actually obtained. A good sample will include individuals who are truly representative of the target population. The methods used for selecting a sample affect the precision of the measures derived from the sample. The composition of a sample concerns the sampling frame, the sampling technique, and the ...

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