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Child–adult continuities in psychiatric disorders

Jeremy Turk, Philip Graham and Frank C. Verhulst

in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780199216697
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754333 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199216697.003.0006

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Child–adult continuities in psychiatric disorders

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Knowledge about the continuity of psychiatric disorders into adult life is relevant to all child health professionals. Parents wish, and have a right, to know what the future holds for their affected offspring. Professionals need such information in order to evaluate their own therapeutic and preventive efforts. For example, if all children with a particular condition, left untreated, do badly when followed into adult life, then even a small degree of professional success would be worthwhile. On the other hand, adult outcome should not be regarded as the only criterion of success. Even if all children suffering a disorder were eventually to get better untreated, treatment in childhood would still be worthwhile if it reduced the length or severity of the problem in childhood, or improved the quality of life for child and family.

Chapter.  1273 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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