Psychosocial Disturbances in Young People: Challenges for Prevention

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 28, 1997 - Medical - 403 pages
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Since the time of the Second World War, there has been a marked rise in all sorts of psychosocial problems in young people-- crime, suicidal behavior, alcohol and drug abuse, depression and eating disorders. The rise has been striking because during this same time period, the physical health of people and their living conditions has improved in most developed countries. Why have psychosocial disorders in adolescents increased and what can be done to prevent the disorders or at least to reduce their adverse impact? In Psychosocial Disturbances in Young People: Challenges for Prevention, top experts provide an overview of important areas in adolescence, ranging from delinquency to depression, addressing these key questions: To what extent is the problem a single entity as compared with diverse entities? What are the respective influences of individual, family, and societal factors in the etiology of such problems? To what extent are there similarities or differences in the presentation and cause of these problems in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood? To what extent are there continuities between childhood and adulthood, and what are the risk factors and protective factors? The contributors examine ways that problems might be prevented via schools, youth organizations, or mechanisms for coping with stress. The volume successfully integrates various perspectives, with a summary chapter framing the issue of psychosocial problems in adolescence.
 

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Professor Sir Michael Rutter trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, London, and in child development at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. He was appointed to the first UK Chair in Child Psychiatry in 1973 and since his retirement in 1998, he has held a research chair in Developmental Psychopathology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London. He has authored or edited some forty books, published over four hundred scientific papers, and has received numerous international awards and honors. Sir Michael is a member of the US Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine and a foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the US National Academy of Education. He received a CBE in 1985 and was knighted in 1992. He was Deputy Chairman of the Wellcome Trust from 1999 to 2004 and continues as a trustee of several foundations, including the Nuffield Foundation.

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