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 C. Weitzman, Stephen H. Contompasis, Damon Russell 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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    More than 10% of young children experience clinically significant mental health problems, with rates of impairment and persistence comparable to those seen in older children. For many of these clinical disorders, effective treatments supported by rigorous data are available. On the other hand, rigorous support for psychopharmacologic interventions is limited to 2 large randomized controlled trials. Access to psychotherapeutic interventions is limited. The pediatrician has a critical role as the leader of the medical home to promote well-being that includes emotional, behavioral, and relationship health. To be effective in this role, pediatricians promote the use of safe and effective treatments and recognize the limitations of psychopharmacologic interventions. This technical report reviews the data supporting treatments for young children with emotional, behavioral, and relationship problems and supports the policy statement of the same name.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article numbere20163025
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


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