ERIC Number: ED255847
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Psychopathology in Adolescence: Does Development Play a Role?
Petersen, Anne C.; Ebata, Aaron T.
Thos paper discusses myths about adolescent psychopathology, including the beliefs that psychopathology is a normal state in adolescence; that adolescents grow out of their psychopathology; and that with regard to psychopathology, adolescents are either like adults or like children. Key features of adolescent development are summarized, the life span developmental perspective is explained, and developmental changes in adolescence are considered in the areas of biological change, cognition, and psychological and social development. Context changes in adolescence are examined in the family, peer groups, schools, and society. Three categories of psychopathology in adolescence are presented as the most common examples: anxiety, depression, and conduct disorders. A model for the development of psychopathology in adolescence is discussed which integrates the evidence from adolescent development as well as psychopathology. Several key features in the development of adolescent psychopathology are considered. These include the individual's coping skills; the dangers of maladaptive, regressive coping styles; biological components of psychopathology; individual characteristics which may elicit psychopathology; eliciting factors of the social context; the cumulative process; risk and protective factors; and stressful life events. (NRB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Life Span Development
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).