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Chapter 1: The Science and Practice 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 ...