The Emergence of a Discipline: Rochester Symposium on Developmental Psychopathology - Vol. 1

The Emergence of a Discipline: Rochester Symposium on Developmental Psychopathology - Vol. 1

The Emergence of a Discipline: Rochester Symposium on Developmental Psychopathology - Vol. 1

The Emergence of a Discipline: Rochester Symposium on Developmental Psychopathology - Vol. 1

Synopsis

Compiled from papers presented at the Rochester Symposium on Developmental Psychopathology, this is the first book of its kind devoted to disseminating theory and research in the field of psychopathology. Contributions to this text are unified by their incorporation of developmental principles into the study of various types of emotional disorders in children and adults. Also emphasized in this book is the importance of bridging the dichotomy between scientific research and the application of this knowledge to clinical populations. Designed as both a required and supplementary text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in developmental psychopathology, abnormal, clinical, and health psychology as well as neuroscience. Also insightful for psychiatric and pediatric residents, nurses, and social workers.

Excerpt

Edward Zigler Yale University

The birth of a discipline, like that of a baby, is an exciting event. It is a time of unlimited promise, a time in which all roads are open, all things possible. On some level, however, it is also a time of uncertainty, as one wonders what the child is to become and how it can best be nurtured and cared for.

The field of developmental psychopathology has truly been born over the past few years. Under the enthusiastic leadership of Dante Cicchetti, the past 5 years has seen the emergence of the discipline: the special edition of Child Development in 1984, the inauguration of the journal Development and Psychopathology in 1989, and the first annual Rochester Conference on Developmental Psychopathology in 1987.

This volume comprises the proceedings of that first annual conference. the conference, held from October 19 to 21, 1987 at the University of Rochester, was a landmark event. Featuring such workers as Cicchetti, Sroufe, Sameroff, Weisz, Masten, and others, developmental psychopathology was "put on the map" by this conference. Indeed, the very act of holding such a conference implies the field's inauguration and increased status -- similar in many ways to child development's increased status due to the annual Minnesota symposium series.

But what is this child called "developmental psychopathology"? At its most basic level, developmental psychopathology is a joining of developmental psychology and child and adult psychopathology. Developmental psychology provides the theoretical orientation, the organismic developmental views of Werner (1948, 1957), Piaget (1954) and others, but also the more recent inclusion of transactional (Sameroff & Chandler, 1975) and ecological (Bronfenbrenner, 1979) perspectives on the environment. in short, developmental psychology . . .

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