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Intervening in Children's Lives An Ecological, Family-Centered Approach to Mental Health Care

ISBN-10: 1591474280

ISBN-13: 9781591474289

Edition: 2006

Authors: Thomas J. Dishion, Elizabeth A. Stormshak

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Thomas J. Dishion and Elizabeth A. Stormshak describe their family-centered, ecological approach, which engages children, adolescents, and their families; may be used as a periodic preventive checkup and as a more intensive intervention; and may be delivered in community settings such as schools in order to have the greatest public health impact. The authors demonstrate how they examine psychopathology in children and adolescents in the context of the ecology (families, peer groups, communities, and schools) in which they live. They present their empirically derived approach and illustrate how developmentally and culturally relevant interventions are shaped. An ecological approach works within a health maintenance teamwork. Given individual variation in vulnerability to environmental stress, periodic assessments and interventions are used to prevent, treat, or reduce harm associated with problem behavior and emotional distress. The literature reveals promising findings, in that the highest-risk youth are more likely to respond well to ecologically based interventions.
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 8/15/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Thomas J. Dishion, PhD, is founder and Director of Research at the Child and Family Center, University of Oregon/n-/Eugene, where he is also Professor of Clinical Psychology. Kate Kavanagh, PhD, is a research associate at the Child and Family Center, University of Oregon/n-/Portland, and a consultant to the Portland Public School District's prevention office.

Acknowledgments
Child and Family Intervention From an Ecological Perspective: Introduction
Conceptual Overview
The Ecology of Development and Change
Family and Peer Social Interaction
The Ecological Family Intervention and Therapy Model
The Family Check-Up
Initial Contacts That Establish a Collaborative Set
Ecological Assessment
Mobilizing Change With the Family Check-Up
Intervention Strategies
Brief Parenting Interventions
Interventions With Children and Adolescents
Family Management Therapy
Parent Intervention Groups
Child and Adolescent Intervention Groups
Professional and Ethical Considerations
The Ecology of the Child and Family Therapist
Ethical and Professional Standards in Child and Family Interventions
References
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Authors