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Temperment & diagnosing kids' psychiatric disorders

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Dr. David Rettew, an associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Vermont, joins us to talk about his new book, "Child Temperament: New Thinking About the Boundary Between Traits and Illness."

In the book, he explores how personality traits are used to diagnose psychiatric disorders in children, and how the role of temperment is becoming an even greater part of the diagnosis. Instead of children being separated by clear markers, Dr. Rettew says that all children may exist on a continuum of behavior -- and where their temperment lies on that scale may put them more at risk for particular disorders.

However, he cautions that a child's temperment is not his or her destiny, and many other factors play in to their growth.

The book also offers advice for practicioners and schools on how to approach different temperments.

Visit http://childtemperament.net to read more about Rettew's book.

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