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Aggression and Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents : Research and Treatment - Daniel F. Connor

Aggression and Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents

Research and Treatment

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This comprehensive volume reviews and synthesizes a vast body of knowledge on maladaptive aggression and antisocial behavior in youth. Written from a clinical-developmental perspective, and integrating theory and research from diverse fields, the book examines the origins, development, outcomes, and treatment of this serious problem in contemporary society. Major topics addressed include the types and prevalence of aggressive and antisocial behavior; the interplay among neuropsychiatric, psychosocial, and neurobiological processes in etiology; known risk and protective factors; gender variables; and why and how some children ""grow out of"" conduct disturbances. Chapters also discuss current approaches to clinical assessment and diagnosis and review the evidence for widely used psychosocial and pharmacological interventions.

"Connor has drawn on his clinical experience and a large body of research to write a comprehensive account of a problem of increasing concern to clinicians, service providers, and the courts. The strength of this book is the biopsychosocial approach allied to the latest findings from research in brain function. It will become a major sourcebook for the many disciplines dealing with this growing problem in our society, and will be read by both experienced practitioners and psychiatrists-in-training."--Lionel Hersov, MD, FRCP, FRCPsych, The Tavistock Clinic, London, UK

"Filling an important gap in the literature on childhood aggression, this book is a highly informative guide for readers involved in clinical assessment, diagnosis, and the development of treatment strategies. It provides definitive coverage of the nature and prevalence of this dysfunctional behavior, and the interplay among environmental, psychosocial, and biological risk factors and influences. In the classroom, this text will inform a new generation of students and clinicians of the importance of developmental psychopathology in the etiology of maladaptive aggression. I recommend it for students at many levels, including undergraduate and graduate students in psychology, behavioral neuroscience, and criminal justice; medical students and psychiatric residents; and law students concerned with crime, violence, and antisocial behavior."--Richard Melloni, Jr., PhD, Department of Psychology and Program in Behavioral Neuroscience, Northeastern University

"A remarkably informative book, highly readable and insightful for students in the behavioral sciences and professionals working with juveniles. The volume draws extensively from empirical knowledge in usually disparate fields, such as psychiatry, developmental psychology, and criminology. It provides comprehensive coverage of the important interface between research findings on biological and social factors, on the one hand, and effective assessment and intervention, on the other. I highly recommend it."--Rolf Loeber, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Department of Psychology, and School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

"There are few topics of greater importance than this one, in view of the extraordinary social costs associated with aggression, and few books that have dealt with it with such sensitivity, breadth, and scope....This is scientific scholarship at its best."--from the Foreword by Russell A. Barkley, PhD, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Definitions and Subtyping of Aggressive Behaviorp. 1
Issues Related to Terminology and Definitionsp. 2
A General Definition of Aggressionp. 3
Adaptive and Maladaptive Aggressionp. 4
Definitions of Aggression from Different Professional Perspectivesp. 7
Subtypes of Aggressionp. 9
Limitations of Current Concepts of Aggressionp. 25
Chapter Summaryp. 27
Prevalence of Aggression, Antisocial Behaviors, and Suicidep. 28
Adaptive Aggression in Normal Childhood Developmentp. 29
Prevalence of Maladaptive Aggression in Community Samplesp. 31
Juvenile Justice Studies and Statisticsp. 33
Prevalence of Youth Suicidep. 40
Prevalence of Maladaptive Aggression in Psychiatrically Referred Samplesp. 42
Chapter Summaryp. 44
Aggression: Stability, Impairment, and Desistancep. 46
Methodological Issuesp. 47
Stability of Aggression and Related Behaviors in Community Samplesp. 48
Gender and Stabilityp. 51
Stability-Based Subtypes of Aggressionp. 52
Impaired Longitudinal Outcomes of Aggressive Childrenp. 54
Discontinuation and Desistance from Aggressionp. 58
Chapter Summaryp. 60
The Relationship between Categorical Psychiatric Diagnosis and Aggressionp. 62
Disruptive Behavioral Disordersp. 64
Mood Disordersp. 75
Substance Use Disorderp. 86
Personality Disordersp. 91
Psychopathyp. 94
Psychotic Disordersp. 102
Anxiety Disordersp. 105
Problems with Understanding Aggressive Behaviors within a Categorical Diagnostic Contextp. 110
Chapter Summaryp. 112
Risk and Protective Factors in Aggression and Related Behaviorsp. 113
Individual Risk Factorsp. 115
Family Risk Factorsp. 134
Extrafamilial Risk Factorsp. 145
General Discussion of Risk Factorsp. 158
Protective Factorsp. 160
Chapter Summaryp. 162
Psychobiology: Neuropsychology, Psychophysiology, Brain Imaging, and Minor Physical Anomaliesp. 163
Neuropsychologyp. 164
Psychophysiologyp. 176
Brain Imagingp. 192
Minor Physical Anomaliesp. 194
Chapter Summaryp. 195
Neurobiology: Biobehavioral Models and Neurological Disordersp. 197
Steroid Hormonesp. 198
Monoaminesp. 207
Neurobiological-Behavioral Modelsp. 225
Neurological Disorders Thought to Be Related to Aggressionp. 237
Chapter Summaryp. 243
Integrated Models of Aggression and Related Behaviorsp. 245
Developmental Psychologyp. 246
Biosocial Interactionsp. 261
Chapter Summaryp. 268
Issues in Female Aggression and Related Behaviorsp. 270
The Forms of Female Aggressionp. 272
Prevalence and Stabilityp. 282
Correlatesp. 283
Developmental Pathwaysp. 292
Young Adult Outcomesp. 295
Chapter Summaryp. 301
Clinical Assessment, Case Formulation, and Treatment Planningp. 302
A Caveat: Increasing Resource Limitations in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Treatmentp. 303
A General Model of Assessment, Case Formulation, and Treatment Planningp. 306
Specific Assessment Techniques and Toolsp. 313
Forensic Assessment: Assessing Risk of Harm to Othersp. 324
Chapter Summaryp. 326
Psychosocial Interventionsp. 327
Variables with Important Clinical Implicationsp. 329
Family Interventionsp. 330
Cognitive-Behavioral Skills Trainingp. 339
Prevention Programsp. 343
Treatments That Appear Not to Workp. 355
Chapter Summaryp. 356
Psychopharmacological Treatmentsp. 358
Rationale for Psychotropic Treatment of Maladaptive Aggressionp. 359
Pharmacoepidemiology of Aggression in Clinically Referred Youthp. 360
Principles of Clinical Medication Managementp. 361
Neuroleptics and Antipsychoticsp. 364
Stimulantsp. 370
Antidepressantsp. 374
Mood Stabilizersp. 378
Adrenergic Agentsp. 383
Other Medicationsp. 386
The Use of As-Needed (P.R.N.) Medicationp. 388
Which Medicine to Use?p. 388
Chapter Summaryp. 389
Referencesp. 393
Indexp. 472
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ISBN: 9781593850913
ISBN-10: 1593850913
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.63