Some Reflection On the Use of Psychiatric Diagnosis in the Looked After or "In Care" Child Population (Chapter 10 in Mental Health Services for Vulnerable Children and Young People: Supporting Children Who Are, or Have Been, in Foster Care).
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This chapter illustrates the challenges that the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) faces in conceptualizing the range and type of psychopathology seen in foster children, and highlights unresolved topics such as quasi-autism, reactive attachment disorder, and complex trauma. The impact of the constraints imposed by the classification system on service provision is noted and strategies for improving the diagnostic system are offered. 52 references.
Foster children; Adopted children; Mental health; Mental health services; Psychopathology; Attachment disorder; Posttraumatic stress disorder; Developmental psychology; Child psychiatry; diagnoses