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The psychiatric interview to children and adolescents (II): Psycho-affective and cognitive development of the child


Ortiz Soto Pa, Duelo Marcos Mb, Escribano Ceruelo Ec

aPsiquiatra Infantil. Instituto ATTI. Madrid. España.
bPediatra. CS Las Calesas. Madrid. España.
cPediatra. Hospital Universitario Niño Jesús. Madrid. España.

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Ortiz Soto P, Duelo Marcos M, Escribano Ceruelo E. La entrevista en salud mental infantojuvenil (II): el desarrollo psicoafectivo y cognitivo del niño. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2013;15:89.e41-e55.

Published in Internet: 26/03/2013


The primary care pediatrician must know the basics of psycho-affective and cognitive development of the child, in order to perform a scan of his mental health or to provide appropriate intervention.

This article addresses the most basic aspects of emotional and cognitive development of the child. To understand their development, we must take into account the interdependence between the affective, cognitive and motor development, and considering the human being comprehensively, as a bio-psychosocial unit.

Keywords: Interview. Diagnosis. Mental disorders. Adolescent. Child. Cognitive development. Psycho-affective development.



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