Psychopharmacological treatment for very young children: Contexts and guidelines

Mary Margaret Gleason, Helen Link Egger, Graham J. Emslie, Laurence L. Greenhill, Robert A. Kowatch, Alicia F. Lieberman, Joan L. Luby, Judith Owens, Lawrence D. Scahill, Michael S. Scheeringa, Brian Stafford, Brian Wise, Charles H. Zeanah

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Systematic research and practice guidelines addressing preschool psychopharmacological treatment in very young children are limited, despite evidence of increasing clinical use of medications in this population. The Preschool Psychopharmacology Working Group (PPWG) was developed to review existing literature relevant to preschool psychopharmacology treatment and to develop treatment recommendations to guide clinicians considering psychopharmacological treatment in very young children. This article reviews the developmental considerations related to preschool psychopharmacological treatment, presents current evidence bases for specific disorders in early childhood, and describes the recommended algorithms for medication use. The purpose of this effort is to promote responsible treatment of young children, recognizing that this will sometimes involve the use of medications. Copyright 2007

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1532-1572
Number of pages41
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2007


  • Preschool
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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