Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to…

16.1 Describe the key features of childhood elimination disorders, their causes, and their evidence-based treatment.

16.2 Describe the key features of pediatric insomnia and show how young children’s sleep problems often differ from those of adolescents and adults.

Identify some of the main causes of pediatric insomnia and its evidence-based treatment.

Give examples of other sleep-wake disorders that affect children and adolescents.

16.3 Define the field of pediatric psychology and illustrate some of the major professional activities of pediatric psychologists.

Show how pediatric psychologists help youths with chronic medical problems.

Appendix: A Primer on Research Methods in Abnormal Child Psychology

Identify three characteristics of the scientific study of behavior.

Differentiate among correlational, experimental, quasi-experimental, and single-subject studies.

Explain the difference between cross-sectional and longitudinal research.

Describe and give examples of moderators and mediators in psychological research.