Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics

Volume 7 Number 1, January 2002
Abstract

How Relevant is Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy in Paediatrics?

BWK Lau

Cognitive-behavioural therapy is a relatively new treatment approach which has a firm theoretical base and has been subjected to empirical validation. Many treatments derived from the theory have demonstrated efficacy in rigorous clinical trials and applied to clinical problems of children and young people as well as adults. The major goal is to help bring about changes in the child's life by altering the undesirable factors maintaining a disorder through intervention in the immediate circumstances after systematic specification, analysis and measurement. The therapy is effective when used alone or in combination with medication. (HK J Paediatr (new series) 2002;7:17-24)

Key words : Child care; Cognitive-behavioural therapy; Evidence-based approach; Psychosocial and medical problems



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