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Developmental Psychopathology is the most complete and up to date reference in the field, with contributions by leading researchers and clinicians from a broad array of disciplines, specialties, and perspectives. Edited by Dante Cicchetti, the McKnight Presidential Chair of Child Psychology in the Institute of Child Development and in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, this new third edition has had a fourth volume added to reflect the growing body of knowledge that has been gained in the decade since the publication of the second edition. The increased emphasis on a multilevel, dynamic systems approach, and the latest neurobiological findings are explored alongside recent work and theories in epigenetics, neural plasticity, resilience, social and environmental influences, and more. From a lifespan-based perspective, this book examines the current level of understanding surrounding the development of mental disorders, as well as the mechanisms and processes that drive either their development or avoidance in high-risk individuals.

The previous edition of Developmental Psychopathology has served as an important resource for scientists and researchers working to increase our understanding of mental disorder development, prevention, and intervention. This new edition seeks to expand its usefulness by incorporating an even greater body of work that, together, represents the state of developmental psychopathology today.

  • Examine the latest methodologies and theoretical perspectives
  • Learn how neurobiological development affects normality
  • Gain insight on the lifespan effects of high-risk conditions
  • Explore the interplay between genetic and environmental factors

Developmental psychology has seen many important new advances in the past decade, but there is still much work to be done. As an ever-expanding variety of disciplines become more and more relevant to advancing our understanding of mental disorders, a central compilation of watershed work becomes increasingly important. Developmental Psychopathology is the seminal reference researchers and clinicians need to stay up-to-date and push the boundaries of our understanding.



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Chapter 13: Relational Aggression: A Developmental Psychopathology Perspective is co-authored by University of Nebraska at Omaha's faculty, Dr. Juan F. Casas. It can be accessed at

Developmental Psychopathology: Volume 4 Risk, Resilience, and intervention