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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.

Anxiety Disorders: A Developmental Vulnerability-Stress Perspective
Anxiety disorders: A developmental vulnerability-stress perspective
Nathan L.Williams, John M.Reardon, Kathleen T.Murray, and Tara M.Cole

Anxiety disorders represent the most common class of psychological disorders in the United States, affecting as many as one in four Americans over their lifetimes (Kessler et al., 1994). Moreover, anxiety disorders are the most financially costly class of mental health problems in the United States, costing an estimated $46.6 billion in 1990 alone in direct and indirect costs (DuPont et al., 1996). Anxiety disorders are associated with heightened co-occurrence of other Axis I disorders (e.g., T. A. Brown, DiNardo, Lehman, & Campbell, 2001), myriad “unexplained” physical symptoms and chronic health conditions (e.g., Roy-Byrne & Katon, 2000), and poorer quality of life (Leon, Portera, & Weissman, ...

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