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The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents. An area of global neglect. Edition No. 1. World Psychiatric Association

  • ID: 2174980
  • Book
  • March 2007
  • Region: Global
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Around the world, a vast number of children and adolescents suffer from mental and neurological disorders and only a small proportion of them receive adequate care. This is so in both developing and developed countries. The need to raise awareness about this problem and provide specific advice regarding their prevention and treatment was identified as a priority for the World Psychiatric Association by Professor Ahmed Okasha during his Presidency of the Association and resulted in the creation of his Presidential Programme on Child Mental Health. This book presents some of the fruits of this programme and constitutes a global call to action for mental health workers and policy makers.

The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents: An area of global neglect brings together information on the burden of mental disorders in childhood and adolescence with methods of raising public awareness of these problems. The book also describes therapeutic and preventive interventions that could diminish them. It then presents the results of field studies in Brazil, Egypt and Russia documenting the effectiveness of interventions to prevent school dropout in those three very different countries. 

With its emphasis on practical guidance for the development of interventions to prevent or treat child and adolescent mental health, The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents: An area of global neglect provides much-needed information of direct interest to health professionals and the many others involved in the provision of health care to children and adolescents in both the developing and the developed countries.

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List of Contributors

Advisory Board



1 A Global Programme for Child and Adolescent Mental Health: A Challenge in the New Millennium (Myron Belfer, Helmut Remschmidt, Barry Nurcombe, Ahmed Okasha, and Norman Sartorius).

2 Public Awareness of Child and Adolescent Mental Health: A Review of the Literature (Sam Tyano and Anat Fleischman).

3 The Epidemiology and Burden of Child and Adolescent Mental Disorder (Myron Belfer and Barry Nurcombe).

4 Disseminating Child and Adolescent Mental Health Treatment Methods: An International Feasibility Study (Jose J. Baumeister, John Fayyad, Richard Harrington (deceased), Jack (S.F.) Hung, Kimberly Hoagwood, Peter Jensen, Kelly Kelleher, Laura Murray, Cheryl So; and site directors Alan Apter and Orit Krispin (Tel Aviv, Israel), John Fayyad, MD (Lebanon), Luis Rhode and Paulo Knapp (Porto Alegre, Brazil), and Amira Seif El Din (Alexandria, Egypt)).

5 Prevention of Mental Health Disorders in Children and Adolescents

5.1 The Principles of Prevention in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (Barry Nurcombe).

5.2 Evidence-based Primary Prevention Programs for the Promotion of Mental Health in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Worldwide Review (Martine F. Flament, Hien Nguyen, Howard Schachter, Claudia Furino, Cathy Cuzner, Danuta Wasserman, Norman Sartorius, and Helmut Remschmidt).

5.3 Violence and Trauma: Evidence-based Assessment and Intervention in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review (Ernesto Caffo and Carlotta Belaise).

5.4 School Dropout: A Systematic Worldwide Review Concerning Risk Factors and Preventive Interventions (Ana Soledade Graeff-Martins, Tatyana Dmitrieva, Amira Seif El Din, Ernesto Caffo, Martine F. Flament, Barry Nurcombe, Per-Anders Rydelius, Helmut Remschmidt, and Luis Augusto Rhode).

5.5 School Violence: Epidemiology, Background, and Prevention (Helmut Remschmidt).

6 Preventive Interventions in School Dropout: Three Field Studies

6.1 A Comprehensive Intervention for the Prevention of School Dropout in Brazil (Ana Soledade Graeff-Martins, Sylvia Oswald, Júlia Obst Comassetto, Christian Kieling, Renata Rocha Gonçalves, and Luis Augusto Rhode).

6.2A Comprehensive Program for the Prevention of Dropout in an Egyptian Public School (Amira Seif El Din, M. Azzer, and Doa Habib).

6.3 A Comprehensive Intervention to Prevent School Dropout and

Reduce School Absenteeism in a Public School in a Russian Industrial City (V. Andreyuk, A. Zanozin, and Tatjana Dmitrieva).


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Helmut Remschmidt MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Phillips University, Marburg, Germany.

Barry Nurcombe MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Queensland, Australia.

Myron Lowell Belfer MD, MPA, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, USA .

Norman Sartorius MD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Ahmed Okasha MD, Professor and Director, WHO Collaborating Center, Institute of Psychiatry, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.
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