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Edited by Benjamin L. Hankin and John R. Z. Abela, Development of Psychopathology: A Vulnerability-Stress Perspective brings together the foremost experts conducting groundbreaking research into the major factors shaping psychopathological disorders across the lifespan in order to review and integrate the theoretical and empirical literature in this field. The volume editors build upon two important and established research and clinical traditions: developmental psychopathology frameworks and vulnerability-stress models of psychological disorders.

Conceptualizing the Role of Stressors in the Development of Psychopathology
Conceptualizing the role of stressors in the development of psychopathology
Kathryn E.Grant and Susan D.McMahon

Stressors occupy a central role in the field of developmental psychopathology. At the theoretical level, most prevailing models of psychopathology recognize the potential importance of environmental stressors in the etiology and maintenance of psychological disorder (e.g., Cicchetti & Toth, 1997; Haggerty, Roghmann, & Pless, 1993; Rutter, 1989). Stressors represent the environmental contribution of risk, which interacts with multiple forms of vulnerability (e.g., genetic, biological, cognitive, interpersonal, and personality) to lead to psychopathology (Mash & Barkley, 2003; Monroe & Hadjiyannakis, 2002).

In spite of the potential significance of stressors, recent reviews (Grant et al., 2003; Grant, Compas, Thurm, McMahon, & Gipson, 2004; McMahon, Grant, ...

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