ERIC Number: ED161538
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
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Child Mental Health and Psychosocial Development. Report of a WHO Expert Committee. Technical Report Series No. 613.
World Health Organization, Geneva (Switzerland).
This report of a World Health Organization Expert Committee discusses the importance of ensuring healthy psychosocial development and the prevention and treatment of mental health problems in children and stresses the inadequacy of existing services in most countries. The first section reviews the current world situation in child mental health, emphasizing: (1) population characteristics; (2) epidemiological and developmental features; and (3) patterns of existing services. The second section examines possibilities for action, specifically: principles of intervention; preventive and treatment measures; research implications; service provisions and personnel development; and planning and coordination. The final section offers recommendations to those who formulate national policies, deploy financial resources and personnel, and develop services in the following areas: prevention and treatment of childhood mental disorders and fostering of healthy psychosocial development; development of etiological knowledge; program planning and coordination; training of child mental health personnel. WHO's role in child mental health programs is discussed. (SE)
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Psychology, Children, Foreign Countries, Intervention, Mental Disorders, Personnel Needs, Planning, Policy Formation, Prevention, Program Improvement, Psychiatric Services, Psychological Services, Social Services
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: World Health Organization, Geneva (Switzerland).