Current Psychiatry Reports

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 121–128

Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Preschool Children With Psychiatric Disorders


DOI: 10.1007/s11920-012-0253-3

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Njoroge, W.F.M. & Yang, D. Curr Psychiatry Rep (2012) 14: 121. doi:10.1007/s11920-012-0253-3


The field of child and adolescent psychiatry is increasingly aware of the existence of psychiatric disorders in preschool-aged children. Concomitantly, there has been a greater understanding of both the effects of parenting on development as well as how a child’s brain is shaped by the environment. There has also been a strong trend toward the use of time-limited, evidence-based therapies in adults and school-aged children, but evidence has been limited regarding the use of interventions to treat psychiatric disorders in preschoolers. In recent years, multiple research groups have worked to create effective psychotherapies for use with preschool populations, and there are also novel applications of existing psychotherapies. This review examines the latest evidence-based psychotherapies that treat preschool children with psychiatric disorders.


Early childhoodPreschoolersMental healthPsychiatric disordersInterventionsEvidence-basedPsychotherapyCognitive-behavioral therapy

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryUniversity of Washington, Seattle Children’s HospitalSeattleUSA