As a system supervisor over programs that service just suth youth, I appreciate the distilled, balanced, and carefully articulated account of what is known, what is not known, and what is emerging in this area. Any clinician who wishes to place his or her hard-earned clinical approaches within the context of the research base will not be disappointed.
Journal of Mental Health
Today's media tends to portray antisocial behaviour in children and adolescent simply as a problem for local communities and neighbourhood watch groups. Drawing on their experience as researchers in the field of conduct disorder, Liabo and Richardson seek to change this perception by focussing on the needs of the young people involved. The importance of this topic is reinforced on the basis that behaviour problems and criminal activity are linked to poor education, lack of employment, continuing offending and substance misuse. This book will appeal to a variety of readers ranging from those who just require basic information to mental health professionals who need to further enhance their knowledge. Useful appendices contain research strategy terminology and critical appraisal, providing assistance for potential academics in the subject matter. The overall result is a book which actually provides precise material on a complex problem pitched at appropriate levels for all likely readers.
Seen and Heard
I would recommend this book unreservedly to those practitioners who want to acquire comprehensive, evidence-based knowledge of this subject. It will be enormously helpful to those who must consider the needs of troubled adolescents and make recommendations about therapeutic intervention for them.