The rising number of children and adolescents with chronic conditions comprises one of the most significant challenges in health care today—one that needs to be met with tailored research studies, earlier assessment, age-appropriate prevention efforts, effective, targeted treatment, improved compliance strategies, and proactive involvement by family members. Chronic Disorders in Children and Adolescents was written in line with these critical goals, providing an epidemiology of major chronic diseases among children and youth (and not only the prevalence of disorders and their risk factors, but also their burden on health care systems) as well as case studies illustrating psychosocial issues associated with long-term illness in young people. For thirteen frequently encountered conditions—chromosomal abnormalities, autism, cerebral palsy, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, sensory integration dysfunction, conduct and oppositional defiant disorders, depressive disorders, eating disorders, childhood and adolescent obesity, diabetes mellitus, juvenile arthritis, and HIV/AIDS—the book focuses on these crucial areas:
- Current findings on medical and mental health complications
- Impact on disability and psychosocial development
- Latest trends in diagnostic, treatment, and rehabilitative strategies
- The roles of family, peers, school, and others in coping and support
- New directions in patient education and self-management
Given the scope of its knowledge, Chronic Disorders in Children and Adolescents will be a go-to resource for a wide range of professionals and students across pediatrics, medicine, nursing, public health, mental health, education, health administration and policy, social work, and the social sciences.
Dr. Mark L. Goldstein is a licensed clinical psychologist, who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents and families. He also has served as an expert witness in over 1100 forensic cases and consults to suburban school systems in the Chicago area. Dr. Goldstein was previously an associate professor at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Roosevelt University, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He has presented numerous papers at national and international conferences and has published a number of articles, book chapters and the book, Aging and Chronic Disorders (Springer, 2007, with Dr. Stephen Morewitz).
Dr. Stephen J. Morewitz is a Lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences at California State University, East Bay and is President of the consulting firm, STEPHEN J. MOREWITZ, Ph.D., & ASSOCIATES, Buffalo Grove, IL, San Francisco, & Tarzana, CA. Dr. Morewitz was a Professor and Research Dean at the California School of Podiatric Medicine, CA. He has been on the faculty or staffs of Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine and School of Public Health, DePaul University, and Argonne National Laboratory, Division of Biological and Medical Research. Dr. Morewitz is the author of more than 100 publications, including the award-winning book, Domestic Violence and Maternal and Child Health (New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2004), Chronic Diseases and Health Care (New York, Springer Science+Business Media, Inc., 2006), Aging and Chronic Disorders (New York, Springer, 2007) with Mark L. Goldstein, the award-winning book, Stalking and Violence (New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2003), and Death Threats and Violence (New York: Springer Science+Business Media, L.L.C., 2008).