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Chapter 16a Slides - Chapter 16 Childhood Disorders...

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Chapter 16 Childhood Disorders- Externalizing Disorders
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Overview of child disorders Children can be diagnosed with most DSM disorders Specific definitional exceptions include ASPD, pedophilia Also very unlikely to receive many others: Schizophrenia (except in teen years) Certain dementias (e.g., Alzheimers)
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DSM-IV includes disorders that are child- specific or typically first seen in childhood Disorders of conduct and behavior Disorders of attachment Some specific anxiety-related disorders Disorders of development Tic disorders
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It doesn’t make sense to think of kids as little adults, and diagnosis must consider that fact They are in the midst of ongoing dramatic developmental change There is great variability in the timing/pathway of normal development
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The DSM includes two broad groups Disorders that involve problematic behaviors (externalizing) Disorders that involve distress (internalizing)
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In childhood, problems most commonly brought to the attention of clinicians are externalizing They cause problems for others Kids are less well able to recognize/express their internal experiences
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Externalizing Behaviors Consist of breaking rules, aggression, impulsivity and attention problems These are separate components that may or may not co-occur The more present, the more problems Theses sound bad, but are they just part of childhood?
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Externalizing Behaviors- Just kids being kids? Can be—to a degree But the behaviors shouldn’t be chronic or very serious Externalizing disorders in general are problematic because of degree, not presence The presence of aggression also signals increased likelihood of serious difficulties
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Impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention Though may be related to above problems, a
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This note was uploaded on 09/25/2008 for the course PSYCH 341 taught by Professor Aaron during the Fall '08 term at UVA.

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