Childhood Behavioral Problems

Nov 15, 2020 Issue
Autism Spectrum Disorder: Updated Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics [Practice Guidelines]

The American Academy of Pediatrics has published updated guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder.

Nov 1, 2019 Issue
Stuttering: Understanding and Treating a Common Disability [Article]

Childhood-onset fluency disorder, the most common form of stuttering, is a neurologic disability. The role of family physicians includes early identification of stuttering, arranging appropriate speech therapy, and providing support and therapy for patients experiencing psychosocial effects from stuttering.

Mar 15, 2019 Issue
Osteoporosis, Childhood Bullying, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes Counseling, Inhaled Steroids [AFP Clinical Answers]

Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal’s content, written by and for family physicians.

Feb 1, 2019 Issue
Behavior Issues, Skin Cancer, Adolescent Depression, Prostate Cancer, Deprescribing Antipsychotics [AFP Clinical Answers]

Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal’s content, written by and for family physicians.

Dec 15, 2018 Issue
School Absenteeism in Children and Adolescents [Article]

Frequent school absenteeism has immediate and long-term negative effects on academic performance, social functioning, health, and life expectancy. However, frequent absences often go unaddressed. Find out what role family physicians have in identifying patients with frequent absences, intervening early, and tailoring treatment plans to the patient’s medical and social needs.

Nov 15, 2018 Issue
Conduct Disorder: Recognition and Management [Article]

Conduct disorder most commonly occurs in childhood and adolescence and is characterized by repetitive, persistent violations of the rights of others and age-appropriate societal norms. First-line treatment is psychosocial intervention; however, additional treatments may be necessary, including the treatment of comorbidities such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, family support, and pharmacotherapy.

May 15, 2018 Issue
General Parenting Strategies: Practical Suggestions for Common Child Behavior Issues [Article]

Effective strategies for influencing a child’s behavior include positive reinforcement to increase appropriate behavior, extinction (planned ignoring) for most low-level problematic behaviors, and time-out from reinforcement for more problematic behaviors. Parents should be cautioned about the use of punishment (e.g., scolding, taking away privileges or possessions) because it suppresses behavior only temporarily.

Feb 1, 2018 Issue
Childhood Bullying: Implications for Physicians [Article]

Childhood bullying can lead to lasting effects for both the victim and the bully. Bully-victims (victims who reactively bully others) are at particularly high risk. Family physicians can make a difference by screening early for bullying, recognizing signs of bullying, and supporting patients and their families.

Oct 15, 2017 Issue
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders [Article]

The percentage of women who drink or binge drink during pregnancy has increased since 2012. Find out how to screen women for alcohol use that increases risk to their fetus, which clinical features should prompt a workup for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and how to manage commonly co-occurring conditions.

Apr 1, 2016 Issue
Common Questions About Oppositional Defiant Disorder [Article]

Find out how to differentiate oppositional defiant disorder from other psychiatric conditions, which treatments have the best evidence, and how to improve emotional self-regulation and decrease conduct issues in children and adolescents with this disorder.

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