Multicultural Understanding of Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

Implications for Mental Health Assessment

Thomas M. Achenbach and Leslie A. Rescorla

September 19, 2006
ISBN 9781593853488
Price: $50.00
322 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"

“Leaves the reader with an in-depth understanding of multicultural assessment and its implications for diagnosis and prevention among children and adolescents....Achenbach and Rescorla are researchers' researchers—meticulous, rigorous, clear, and thoughtful. In this book, they provide us with the benefit of their collective wisdom and experience—a benefit which, in turn, will make a difference for the children and adolescents we serve.”

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews

“These authors, who have impressive credentials, are widely known for their expertise in child psychopathology. Particularly, one of the authors is the developer of instruments that have been used worldwide....The authors list numerous findings from research on similarities and differences across cultures in the problems that children manifest, in the prevalence and patterning of such problems, and in the correlates of the problems.”

Psychiatric Services

“An impressive compendium of childhood psychopathology assessment across cultures...Authors additionally take on primary topics in assessment of childhood psychopathology that are not limited to the cross-cultural domain....Achenbach and Rescorla present a vast literature on assessment of childhood psychopathology across a number of cultures....The findings presented in this text provide a rich resource for future hypotheses and could serve as a useful tool in that regard for students and researchers in this area.”

Journal of Youth and Adolescents

“This significant book treats very complicated issues in a succinct, understandable way. To my knowledge, there are no authors at present who have a better understanding of these issues than Achenbach and Rescorla. The main strength of the book is its comprehensive integration of multicultural findings from both empirically based and diagnostically based assessment approaches. In the era of globalization and increasing cultural diversity, this text is sure to be consulted again and again by those concerned with understanding, assessing, preventing, and treating child psychopathology.”

—Frank C. Verhulst, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

“This is an excellent book that combines what are soon to become dominant themes in the field of psychopathology; namely, evidence-based assessment and multicultural perspectives. Culture, diversity, and group identity are not sidelights or afterthoughts, but must be the point of departure for understanding, evaluating, and treating clinical problems; for teaching students; and for training researchers. Broad in its coverage, the book provides a conceptual view of child and adolescent assessment, a review of key measures and their findings, and a statement of important methodological issues in evaluating clinical disorders. The volume's approach and findings will greatly influence views about childhood disorders as well as future research. Achenbach and Rescorla have produced a scholarly, informative, and authoritative text.”

—Alan E. Kazdin, PhD, Yale University School of Medicine

“Achenbach and Rescorla provide us with an excellent guidebook for approaching child and adolescent psychopathology from a multicultural perspective. A unique contribution to empirically grounded cross-cultural research, this book will have a profound impact on future research and on clinical practice involving different ethnocultural populations. The integration of the empirical and diagnostic approaches to assessment makes this an essential text for those involved in cross-cultural research and clinical work at any level.”

—Héctor R. Bird, MD, Columbia University

“From distinguished authors with impressive scientific credentials—including the developer of one of the world's most widely disseminated measures of child psychopathology—this book is a key resource for students, researchers, and clinical professionals. Debates about the best approaches to cross-cultural and transnational assessment will continue for decades. These debates will doubtless be enriched by this important work.”

—John R. Weisz, PhD, Harvard University