Summary of the practice parameters for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with schizophrenia

J. McClellan, J. Werry, W. Bernet, V. Arnold, J. Beitchman, R. S. Benson, O. Bukstien, J. Kinlan, J. McClellan, D. Rue, J. A. Shaw, K. Kroeger

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Abstract

These practice parameters review the literature on the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with schizophrenia. Recommendations are based on the limited research available, the adult literature, and clinical experience. Early-onset schizophrenia is diagnosed using the same criteria as in adults, and it appears to be continuous with the adult form of the disorder. Noted characteristics of youths with schizophrenia include predominance in males, high rates of premorbid abnormalities, and often poor outcome. Differential diagnosis includes psychotic mood disorders, developmental disorders, organic conditions, and nonpsychotic emotional/behavioral disorders. Treatment strategies incorporate antipsychotic medications with psychoeducational, psychotherapeutic, and social and educational support programs. The advent of atypical antipsychotic agents has enhanced the potential for effective treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1580-1582
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume39
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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    McClellan, J., Werry, J., Bernet, W., Arnold, V., Beitchman, J., Benson, R. S., Bukstien, O., Kinlan, J., McClellan, J., Rue, D., Shaw, J. A., & Kroeger, K. (2000). Summary of the practice parameters for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with schizophrenia. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 39(12), 1580-1582. https://doi.org/10.1097/00004583-200012000-00027