ERIC Number: EJ826374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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The Past Achievements and Future Promises of Developmental Psychopathology: The Coming of Age of a Discipline
Cicchetti, Dante; Toth, Sheree L.
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, v50 n1-2 p16-25 Jan-Feb 2009
Over the past decades, developmental psychopathology has coalesced into a discipline that has made significant contributions toward the understanding of risk, psychopathology, and resilience in individuals across the life course. The overarching goal of the discipline has been to elucidate the interplay among biological, psychological, and social-contextual aspects of normal and abnormal development. In addition to directing efforts toward bridging fields of study and aiding in elucidating important truths about the processes underlying adaptation and maladaptation, investigators in developmental psychopathology have been equally devoted to developing and evaluating methods for preventing and ameliorating maladaptive and psychopathological outcomes. Increasingly, efforts are being made to conduct investigations at multiple levels of analysis and to translate basic research knowledge into real-world contexts. In this article, the contributions, challenges, and future directions of the field are highlighted.
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Intellectual Disciplines, Psychopathology, Child Psychology, Risk, Personality Traits, Social Environment, Child Development, Developmental Disabilities, Prevention, Mental Disorders
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