The Scandalous Neglect of Children's Mental Health: What Schools Can Do makes the case that children with mental health needs are under-identified and under-served by schools and other agencies. After reading this brief but powerful book, you will better understand the nature of children's mental health needs and the need for expanded services for children in schools and communities. The risks and benefits of treatment, especially early intervention, are discussed and guidelines for action by teachers, parents, and others are provided. The sad fact is that many people do not understand that most young people with mental health needs never receive any treatment of any kind and most of those who receive any treatment at all receive those services only in schools.
James M. Kauffman is Professor Emeritus of Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. He was the William Clay Parrish Professor of Education 1992-1994, the Charles S. Robb Professor of Education 1999-2003, and received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Curry School of Education in 1997. He received the Research Award, Council for Exceptional Children in 1994 and the Outstanding Leadership Award, Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders in 2002.
Jeanmarie Badar is Assistant Professor of Special Education at James Madison University.
Chapter 1: The Scandal Chapter 2: Measurement of Mental Health Chapter 3: Mental Health Problems Kids Have Chapter 4: Common Causes of Children's Mental Health Problems Chapter 5: Prevention Remains a Good Idea, But is Seldom Practiced Chapter 6: What We Should Do Chapter 7: What Educators Should Do First
"I predict this superb book will mark a paradigm shift in how we understand and react to childhood mental health and illness. It should be read by all who plan to work with children and youth within educational and community contexts. I would rate it as a must buy for working professionals and those in training for these roles."
-Hill Walker, Director of the Center on Human Development, Oregon Research Institute, USA
"This book provides an incredibly timely reminder of our societal and educational neglect of the most fragile among our youth: those with mental health disorders. While Kauffman and Badar paint a picture that should make us both sad and angry, their message is a call to action. We do have a science for prevention, assessment, and intervention as it relates to students with mental health challenges, and they make clear that it is up to us to demand more from ourselves and our society."
-Terrance Scott, Professor and Distinguished University Scholar, University of Louisville, USA