Addressing early childhood emotional and behavioral problems

Mary Margaret Gleason, Edward Goldson, Michael W. Yogman, Dina Lieser, Beth DelConte, Elaine Donoghue, Marian Earls, Danette Glassy, Terri McFadden, Alan Mendelsohn, Seth Scholer, Jennifer Takagishi, Douglas Vanderbilt, Patricia Gail Williams, Lynette M. Fraga, Abbey Alkon, Barbara U. Hamilton, David Willis, Claire Lerner, Charlotte ZiaNerissa Bauer, Thresia B. Gambon, Arthur Lavin, Keith M. Lemmon, Gerri Mattson, Jason Richard Rafferty, Lawrence Sagin Wissow, Sharon Berry, Terry Carmichael, Edward Christophersen, Norah Johnson, Leonard Read Sulik, George J. Cohen, Stephanie Domain, Nathan J. Blum, Michelle M. Macias, Nerissa S. Bauer, Carolyn Bridgemohan, Peter J. Smith, Carol Cohen Weitzman, Stephen H. Contompasis, Damon R. Korb, Michael I. Reiff, Robert G. Voigt, Beth Ellen Davis, Pamela C. High, Linda Paul, Council on Early Childhood, Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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Emotional, behavioral, and relationship problems can develop in very young children, especially those living in high-risk families or communities. These early problems interfere with the normative activities of young children and their families and predict long-lasting problems across multiple domains. A growing evidence base demonstrates the efficacy of specific familyfocused therapies in reducing the symptoms of emotional, behavioral, and relationship symptoms, with effects lasting years after the therapy has ended. Pediatricians are usually the primary health care providers for children with emotional or behavioral difficulties, and awareness of emerging research about evidence-based treatments will enhance this care. In most communities, access to these interventions is insufficient. Pediatricians can improve the care of young children with emotional, behavioral, and relationship problems by calling for the following: increased access to care; increased research identifying alternative approaches, including primary care delivery of treatments; adequate payment for pediatric providers who serve these young children; and improved education for pediatric providers about the principles of evidence-based interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20163023
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2016

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