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Child Behavioral and Parenting Challenges for Advanced Practice Nurses

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Child Behavioral and Parenting Challenges for Advanced Practice Nurses

SKU# 9780826120588

A Reference for Front-line Health Care Providers

Author: Mary E. Muscari PhD, MSCr, CPNP, PMHCNS-BC, AFN-BC

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Delivers the most comprehensive information available for APNs on dealing with child behavioral and parenting challenge

Front-line nurse practitioners are increasingly required to assess, identify, manage, and refer the complex and often significant childhood behavioral challenges occurring among children and adolescents. This authoritative and comprehensive behavior management reference provides nursing health care providers and students with the evidence-based information and strategies they need to identify and appropriately intervene with such behavioral challenges and to assist parents in dealing appropriately and effectively with their child.

In an accessible and easy-to-read format, the text examines the primary health care professional’s role in screening behavioral issues, identifies a great variety of problems they are likely to encounter, and educates the provider on how to assess difficult and challenging behaviors. Each problem is consistently organized to include a description; assessment: diagnosis; levels of prevention/intervention; primary, secondary, and tertiary strategies for dealing with the behavior; and additional resources. Not only does the book provide a clear indication of when and how to refer the youth to the appropriate mental health professional or other specialist, but delineates strategies for what to do while awaiting referral and how to maintain a primary care role during the psychiatric intervention process. Important legal issues are addressed along with protocols that are accepted by health care and legal agencies. The text also provides an overview of the integration of behavioral health into primary care along with EBP guidelines and parent teaching guides.

Key Features:

  • Provides APNs with the basic foundations to understand, identify, and manage significant behavioral challenges of childhood
  • Examines the primary care health care professional's role in working with these issues
  • Delivers evidence-based information and strategies for assessment and intervention
  • Provides clear indication of when and how to refer to appropriate mental health professional or other specialist
  • Addresses protocols to follow that are accepted by the health care and legal population

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 06, 2016
  • Page Count 338
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826120588
  • EISBN 9780826120595

About The Author(s) 


Mary Muscari, PhD, MSCr, CPNP, PMHCNS-BC, AFN-BC, is a pediatric nurse practitioner, psychiatric clinical specialist, forensic nursing clinical specialist, and a criminologist, who combines her unique educational background with over 40 years’ experience in working with a wide variety of children and adolescents.

She has taught nursing since 1988, first at Luzerne Community College (1988-1992), University of Scranton (1997-1004) and Binghamton University (2007–present), where she is establishing a forensic nursing course. Dr. Muscari has worked clinically as a PNP in a variety of environments and has served on the PA Sex Offender Assessment Board (2005–present) and as a private consultant on child health/mental health, parenting and forensic issues. Dr. Muscari has published several nursing books including Pediatric Nursing Review (4 editions) andAdvanced Pediatric Clinical Assessment (2001); and five consumer books includingEverything Parents Guide to Raising Adolescent Girl (2008)s; Everything Parents Guide to Raising Adolescent Boys (2008);Let Kids be Kids: Rescuing Childhood (2006); Not My Kid: 21 Steps to Raising a Non-Violent Kid (2002) and N ot My Kid 2: Protecting Your Children from the 21 Threats of the 21st Century (2004).

Table of Contents 




1 Adolescent Angst

2 Adolescent Relationship Abuse

3 Aggression and Violence

4 Animal Cruelty

5 Anxiety and Fear

6 Asphyxial Games

7 Bullying

8 Cyberdelinquency

9 Cybervictimization

10 Dangerous Driving

11 Depression and Suicidal Ideation

12 Disordered Eating and Body Image

13 Firesetting

14 Gambling

15 Gang Membership

16 Hoarding

17 Hyperactivity


19 Missing Children

20 Mood Dysregulation

21 Nonsuicidal Self-Injury

22 Sexual Aggression

23 Sexual Victimization

24 Stalking

25 Status Offense Behaviors

26 Substance Abuse

27 Technology Dependence

28 Toxic Stress

29 Transition Age Youth

30 Traumatic Stress


A Developmental Milestones Chart

B Pediatric Symptom Checklist-17

C Crisis Intervention: A Quick Guide for Health Care Professionals

D Motivational Interviewing

E Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Mini-Guide