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April 14th, 2020

From the vaults: Thinking about Children’s Mental Health

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Forum for Philosophy

April 14th, 2020

From the vaults: Thinking about Children’s Mental Health

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Rachel Cooper/ Eileen Munro/ Emily Simonoff

 


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The classification, identification, and treatment of mental illnesses in children raises particular challenges. For example, what are the appropriate criteria for diagnosing children with a mental disorder? How can we avoid the risk of stigmatisation that some children and their families experience? What are the risks of not identifying mental illness in children and how does it impact on their wellbeing, self-esteem, academic attainment, and social development? Is it true that there is an increased tendency towards medicalizing certain behaviours that might once have been seen as normal (if challenging)? To what extent is it possible to predict which children will experience deficits in physical, psychological, and social development due to problematic parenting, and what are the implications for public policy decision making?

 

Speakers
Rachel Cooper
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University
Eileen Munro
Professor of Social Policy, LSE
Emily Simonoff
Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, KCL

Chair
Eamon McCrory
Reader in Developmental Psychopathology, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, UCL

 

Recorded on 13 November 2013 at the LSE

 

 

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