Child and Adolescent psychiatry, more than other areas of the field, has to take into account not only the current child’s mental health but also his future as an adult as well as nature–nurture questions and neurodevelopmental and environmental processes. In all these perspectives, child and adolescent psychiatry has to be particularly integrative in its approach of the patient and in the consideration it gives to the complexity of the person. The integrative dimension of Person Centered Psychiatry is particularly important to encompass the various aspects of this complexity. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry can then be seen as a good example of the usefulness of person-centered approaches in various care settings; to the point that it can be considered that, to be effective and faithful to clinical reality, childhood and adolescent mental heath care cannot be but person-centered. After examining the various clinical specificities of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, this paper will consider the conceptual modifications needed to take them into account. This involves introducing more complexity in current classification systems and care planning to allow them to get closer and more responsive to clinical situations faced in child and adolescent psychiatry. Two examples will be provided on the conceptual and practical consequences of these considerations, i.e., the impact on health and well-being of early life experiences (such as adverse childhood events and impaired relationships) and the suitability of a person-centered health model for people with Intellectual Developmental Disorders.
|Title of host publication||Person Centered Psychiatry|
|Editors||Juan E. Mezzich, Michel Botbol, George N. Chrisodoulou, C. Robert Cloninger, Ihsan M. Salloum|
|Place of Publication||Netherlands|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 25 Feb 2017|