Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to…

1.1 Describe the prevalence of childhood disorders and how prevalence varies as a function of children’s age, gender, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity.

1.2 Critically evaluate the DSM-5 concept of “mental disorder” as it applies to children and adolescents.

1.3 Understand and give examples of some of the basic principles of developmental psychopathology.

1.4 Explain why evidence-based practice is helping children and families experiencing mental health problems.