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by Professor Margaret
Thompson and Dr Paula
Last updated: February 2018
young children be perceived to have mental health problems? Under
fives cry a lot, hardly sleep, are incredibly active, oppositional
and have food fads. Surely we are not suggesting they all have a
suggested that the definition of a disorder in young children
should include several components:
Behaviour-extreme symptoms presenting in young
children must therefore be viewed within a developmental
context and medical conditions must be excluded or at least
factored in. The social situation of the family is important as
well as establishing the parents’ view of what is 'normal
In this module, the first of three, we look at
the epidemiology and aetiology of behavioural problems in the under
fives, developmental stages, assessment and attachment
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Behavioural problems in the under fives:
Part 3 by Dr Margaret Thompson and Dr Paula
Assessment of mental health problems in children and
adolescents with intellectual disability by Dr Muthukumar
Kannabiran and Dr Sarah Bernard
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