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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 ...

The Causes of Child Psychopathology: Research Methods and Theories
The causes of child psychopathology: Research methods and theories
The Scientific Study of Behavior

Science is the systematic search for order in the natural world. Scientists seek to identify meaningful relationships between observable events, in order to describe, predict, explain, and/or control these events. Physical scientists focus chiefly on the principles of physical matter and movement. Biological scientists concentrate on relationships within and between living systems. Behavioral scientists direct their attention to the structure and functioning of behavior, that is, to people's thoughts, feelings, and actions.

Three Features of Scientific Inquiry

There is no universally accepted method of scientific inquiry. However, science can be differentiated from nonscientific approaches to understanding the world in at least three ways (Newsom & Hovanitz, ...

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