This pioneering work sets forth an integrative model for understanding the development of psychopathology. What makes a person vulnerable to mental illness in general? To specific clinical syndromes? Why are some individuals highly prone to emotional distress? Seeking a deeper understanding of these compelling questions, the volume highlights the central role of affect regulation--or the failure to develop functional strategies for regulating affect--in a wide range of disorders. An extensive body of psychological and neurobiological knowledge is synthesized to illuminate the processes by which this key capacity may be undermined in the developing child. Bridging the gap between biological and psychodynamic perspectives on psychopathology, the book has important implications for research, prevention, and treatment.
* A pioneering integration from a leading clinician-researcher.
* Sheds light on the development of psychopathology in both children and adults.
* Clearly explains the clinical implications of cutting-edge theory and research
Table of Contents
1. The Model and Its Rationale.
II. The Evidence.
2. An Introduction to Affect Regulation and Its Development.
3. Constitutional and Genetic Factors.
4. The Caregiving Environment.
5. Stress, Trauma, and Abuse.
6. Coping: Learning and Experience.
7. The Neurobiology of Affect Regulation.
8. Therapeutic Considerations.
III. Clinical Syndromes.
9. Internalizing Disorders: Anxiety, Mood, and Related Disorders.
10. Externalizing Disorders: The Disruptive Behavior Disorders.
11. Psychotic Disorders.
IV. Final Remarks.
12. Future Directions.
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