Adolescent Psychiatry: Volume 23. Developmental and Clinical Studies . – Annals of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry – book reviews
ESMAN, Aaron H., FLAHERTY, Lois T., & HOROWITZ, Harvey A. (Eds.). Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, 1998. 299pp. $49.95 (h).
Volume 23 reflects the continuing commitment of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry to psychodynamic adolescent psychiatry. Of equal significance, it brings this commitment to bear on the social, educational, and therapeutic challenges that confront the field on the eve of the millennium. It begins with Marohn’s reexamination of Blos’s concept of “prolonged adolescence,” followed by contributions on the developmental roots of adolescent disturbances, the role of family interactions in adolescent depression, the establishment of a therapeutic alliance with adolescents, and the treatment of narcissistically disordered adolescents. The assessment and treatment of adolescent substance abuse and of psychosomatic and depressive symptoms in adolescence receive timely consideration. In a concluding section on school-based and preventive programs, contributors address a range of important issues, from adolescent sex and AIDS, to the provision of mental health services in public and private schools, to the need for school-based suicide postvention programs.
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