Annual Progress in Child Psychiatry and Child Development 2000-2001

Annual Progress in Child Psychiatry and Child Development 2000-2001

Annual Progress in Child Psychiatry and Child Development 2000-2001

Annual Progress in Child Psychiatry and Child Development 2000-2001

Synopsis

The first edition of this annual progress report was published more than 30 years ago. The 2002 report offers a number of clear studies on the latest research findings in the field of child psychiatry and child development.

Excerpt

This millennial edition of the Annual Progress in Child Psychiatry and Child Development includes papers published in 1999 and 2000. the collection provides an overview of the wide-ranging interests of both researchers and clinicians at the turn of the twentieth century. Thirty papers, organized into six sections: Developmental Issues; Parenting; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Other Clinical Issues; Treatment Issues; and Violence and Victimization include both research reports and reviews of the literature.

developmental issues

The six papers in this section cover a wide range of topics. the paper by Frances D. Horowitz, written as the presidential address to the Society for Research in Child Development, was a warning to researchers about how to present child development knowledge to the public. She used the acronym “PITS” (person in the street) to refer to the public. Horowitz was concerned that developmental scientists might oversimplify child development in an attempt to respond to public interest. For example, if one were asked whether child care had a negative or positive effect on development one should not give a yes/no response. She presents a model that highlights the range of experiences (environmental and relationship factors) that interact with constitution to result in developmental outcomes.

The second paper by Posner and Rothbart is an intriguing forward-looking discussion of the topic of self-regulation. the authors refer to studies of the self-regulation of attention and cognitive processes. the paper highlights recent work in neuroimaging that allows us to study brain plasticity and examine individual differences in self-regulation. the authors believe that individual differences in effortful control have implications for normal and pathological development.

The next two papers are on attachment. the paper by Sroufe and colleagues reviews “implications of attachment theory for developmental psychopathology.” Attachment categories typically have been proposed to be variations on normal rather than pathological development. the authors elaborate on the transactional model for understanding the various pathways underlying pathology and the role of attachment relations within that model. Waters and his

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