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ERIC Number: EJ1030630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
Explaining "DSM" to Parents
Kent, Marcia
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v22 n2 p10-11 Sum 2013
"The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" ("DSM") is useful for children and families for three practical reasons: (1) It provides a way to communicate about emotional and behavioral problems of youth in a common language; (2) Parents can get an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for a child if that process requires a psychiatric diagnosis. (3) In order to have treatment paid for by insurance, a diagnosis is usually necessary. Beyond that, "DSM" helps professionals interpret research about problems. This article is based on an interview with Marcia Kent by the editors of "Reclaiming Children and Youth," and discusses how a child and adolescent psychiatrist turns diagnoses into strengths.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A