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“This text addresses the basics of developmental psychopathology in a clear manner, with enough detail to facilitate a real understanding of the concepts and their relevance to clinical work with children.”
—Christie P. Karpiak, University of Scranton
This introductory undergraduate text on child and adolescent psychopathology adopts a developmental psychopathology approach to understanding child disorders. The author examines the emergence of disorders over time, pays special attention to risk and protective factors that influence developmental processes and trajectories, and examines child psychopathology in the context of normal development.
The author has four main goals: to show students why an understanding of child psychopathology and its treatment might be important to them as future psychologists, social workers, educators, and/or parents; to introduce students to the developmental psychopathology perspective and ...
Chapter 1: The Science and Practice of Abnormal Child Psychology
The Science and Practice of Abnormal Child Psychology
Welcome to the Study of Abnormal Child Psychology
Childhood is a time of physical maturation, intellectual development, and social-emotional growth. Ideally, children are provided with ample opportunities for play and exploration within the safety and security of a loving family and supportive social network. However, for a significant number of youth, childhood is marked by biological, behavioral, or social-contextual challenges that can adversely affect their development.
The study of child psychopathology is complex and diverse. The sheer number of psychological disorders that can afflict children and adolescents is daunting, to say nothing of the multitude of causal factors and treatments. However, the last 20 years have witnessed a marked increase in the ...