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Primary Care Nurses Can Help Identify Kids’ Mental Health Issues


From left, Edilma L. Yearwood, Geraldine S. Pearson and Jamesetta A. Newland edited the new textbook Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health: A Resource for Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Primary Care Practitioners in Nursing (Wiley-Blackwell, March 2012).

March 15, 2012 – A new textbook co-edited by a School of Nursing & Health Studies professor seeks to reverse the trend of too many children and adolescents with mental health problems going undiagnosed.

Edilma L. Yearwood, associate professor of nursing and an editorial board member of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, is one of three editors of Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health: A Resource for Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Primary Care Practitioners in Nursing (Wiley-Blackwell, March 2012). More than 70 nursing experts helped write and peer review the textbook.

“Primary care nurses are in the unique position to have long-term relationships with children, adolescents, and their family,” the co-editors write in the preface. “They can be the supportive bridge and catalyst to ensure that mental health treatment is both de-stigmatized and accessed.”

Supportive Links

The other editors are Geraldine S. Pearson, past president of the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses and editor-in-chief of the journal Perspectives in Psychiatric Care; and Jamesetta A. Newland, a clinical associate professor and director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at New York University College of Nursing. Newland also serves as editor-in-chief of The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Healthcare.

“The reality is that there are not enough child psychiatric providers to meet the burgeoning needs of the pediatric population for mental health services both in the United States and worldwide,” the preface states. “Primary care is at the forefront of service provision and, as such, can play a significant role in mental health early case finding and supportive linkages to treatment.”

The book is divided into four sections that address assessment, treatment, special populations and special issues.

NHS Co-Authors

Among the chapter authors are several NHS faculty members, including Yearwood, who co-authored chapters on “Child, Adolescent, and Family Development,” “Mood Dysregulation Disorders,” “Deliberate Self-Harm: Nonsuicidal Self-Injury and Suicide in Children and Adolescents,” “Nonpharmacological Treatment Modalities: Play and Group Therapies,” and “Influence of Culture/Needs of Immigrant Children.”

Other NHS chapter co-authors include Kathryn K. Ellis, assistant professor and director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program; Jean Nelson Farley (NHS’72), instructor of nursing; Joan Burggraf Riley (NHS’76, G’97), assistant professor of human science and nursing; and Sarah B. Vittone, assistant professor of nursing. Research assistant Jason Roffenbender (G’08) also contributed to the textbook.

For more information about the book, visit Wiley-Blackwell’s website.

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