The book consists of five chapters written by experts in the field. Chapter 1, "Depression in Children and Adolescents: An Overview," by Bruce D. Waslick, Rachel Kandel, and Aphrodite Kakouros, is a comprehensive review of the topic that, like the rest of the chapters, follows a standard format. It discusses the clinical description, diagnosis, epidemiology, etiology (biological, psychological, and social/environmental correlates), and natural history and clinical course of depression in children and adolescents. The authors emphasize that children and adolescents rarely contact mental health professionals for evaluation of mood symptoms, although they may more frequently contact professionals and services in the school setting. Thus it seems that school-based screening services and referral systems may be of special importance in the prevention, recognition, and management of depression in children and adolescents. The authors also point out that adolescent onset of depression is more specifically associated with continuing problems with mood disorders in adulthood.