6. Caring for the Child with Special Social and Emotional Needs

  1. Linda L. Eddy
  1. Sheela M. Choppala-Nestor and
  2. Portia Riley

Published Online: 20 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118783290.ch6

Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs and their Families

Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs and their Families

How to Cite

Choppala-Nestor, S. M. and Riley, P. (2013) Caring for the Child with Special Social and Emotional Needs, in Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs and their Families (ed L. L. Eddy), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118783290.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 SEP 2013
  2. Published Print: 12 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813820828

Online ISBN: 9781118783290

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Keywords:

  • anorexia nervosa;
  • Autism;
  • child assessment;
  • child psychopathology;
  • depressive disorder;
  • emotional needs;
  • mental illness;
  • social needs;
  • social phobia

Summary

This chapter focuses on child psychopathology. Psychiatric disorders in children and teens are often difficult to identify, understand, and treat. Pediatric nurses may be among the first individuals outside the child's family to notice emotional and behavioral trouble. The chapter is intended to help nurses understand the picture being painted by their assessment and to help develop a plan of intervention for the child and the child's family. The information here is presented as a general guide to working with children with psychiatric problems. Etiologies of child and adolescent mental illness are briefly discussed before the presentation of a practical approach to child assessment. Interventions and resources for nurses or families are then discussed. The chapter also includes selected case studies of frequently seen psychiatric conditions to illustrate the assessment and intervention processes described. The disorders discussed include autism, social phobia, anorexia nervosa, and major depressive disorder.