Outcome findings and issues in psychotherapy with children and adolescents: Externalizing disorders

Brendan Andrade*, Vilas Sawrikar, Madison Aitken, Shanelle Henry

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Youth with externalizing disorders are a heterogeneous group with varied, severe, and persistent emotional, social, and behavioral challenges. Effective psychotherapy to prevent and reduce the morbidity and societal costs associated with externalizing disorders is imperative. Psychotherapies for youth with externalizing disorders include those completed with the youth, their parents, the family, and the broader family and community systems. This chapter first reviews the etiology and conceptual frameworks that underpin psychotherapies for youth with externalizing disorders. Next, the evidence-base and components of widely used psychotherapies are discussed along with the factors that promote or limit psychotherapeutic engagement and effectiveness. Although a number of empirically supported psychotherapies exist, these are only moderately effective for reducing externalizing behavior, so consideration is given to future innovation that may be necessary to improve effectiveness and enhance outcomes
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComprehensive Clinical Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationCase Conceptualization and Treatment: Children and Adolescents
EditorsGordon J.G. Asmundson
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780128222324
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • externalizing behavior
  • psychotherapy
  • parent management training
  • cognitive-behavioral treatment
  • empirically supported treatment
  • children
  • adolescents
  • youth


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