Family physicians deal with a wide range of behavioral problems. The methods used to treat children are variable and require flexibility on the part of the family physician. This requirement is not surprising to the experienced physician, who is able to comfort a 3-year-old who sits on the mother’s lap as well as to chat about “cool” topics with the preteen. The methods to change behaviors, though, are derived from the principles of behavioral modification. In this chapter we examine several common behavioral problems of children. The diagnoses are defined according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) 1 whenever possible. The physician must learn how to recognize when psychopathology is present and how to foster more adaptive behavior in family and school contexts.
KeywordsFamily Physician Tourette Syndrome Conduct Disorder Antisocial Personality Disorder Oppositional Defiant Disorder
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