Toward an integration of family systems and developmental psychopathology approaches

  • Davies P
  • Cicchetti D
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The theoretical compatibility of developmental psychopathology and family systems perspectives raises several significant questions. Can we integrate these two approaches in mutually enriching ways? The principal objective of this Special Issue of "Development and Psychopathology" is to provide exemplars of the value, potential, and challenges of integrating these two approaches. Because theoretical progress has continued to outpace methodological and analytic advances in family systems and developmental psychopathology, achieving fidelity between the conceptual models inspired by the integration of these two perspectives and the methodological and analytic tools used to address research questions is a particularly formidable challenge. Another prominent focus of the contributions is on understanding the role that parental and child psychopathology play in the context of family system processes. Still another common goal of papers is to elucidate the multiplicity of pathways between forms of family adversity, system conceptualizations of family relationship quality, and child adaptation and maladaptation. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Patrick T. Davies

  • Dante Cicchetti

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