The Role of Psychosocial Therapies in Managing Aggression in Children and Adolescents
J Clin Psychiatry 2008;69(suppl 4):37-42
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Aggression in children and adolescents is a serious problem and is
associated with various psychiatric disorders, not just conduct and
oppositional defiant disorders, but in fact, most psychiatric disorders.
Currently, while a growing base of data supports an important role for
pharmacologic treatments in managing aggression, studies have also shown that
psychosocial therapy in conjunction with medication may be more effective in
treating aggression than medication alone in many patients. According to
recently published treatment guidelines on the management of aggression,
psychosocial approaches should always be implemented first, with
pharmacotherapy added later if necessary. This article details the risk
factors and protective factors associated with aggression in children and
adolescents, describes the evidence base for the use of psychosocial therapy
for the management of aggression, and discusses various psychosocial therapy
approaches that may be effective in treating aggressive children and adolescents.