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Risk, Vulnerability, and Protective Factors in Developmental Psychopathology

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Part of the Advances in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ACCP,volume 8)

Abstract

In recent years a set of concepts that had originated in the lexicon of the layman has come to exert a powerful influence on scientific research in epidemiology, psychology, and psychopathology. Risk, protective factors, stress, vulnerability, and coping are now a significant part of a scientific agenda aimed at understanding the nature of etiological, maintenance, and outcome factors that influence the course of adaptation and maladaptation in human behavior. In many respects, these concepts and the research they engender capture an essential component of the emergent field of developmental psychopathology (Sroufe & Rutter, 1984). They focus attention on the precursors of disordered and nondisordered outcomes and on the concomitant issue of continuity-discontinuity in behavior from childhood to adult psychopathology. They speak to issues related to the attributes of vulnerable and stress-resistant individuals, their environments, and the interactions that predict successful and unsuccessful adaptation. And finally, because they emphasize the need to identify the factors and processes associated with disorder, competence, and recovery, they can lead in time to a body of knowledge essential to the development of effective prevention strategies for containing mental disorders.

Keywords

  • Protective Factor
  • Antisocial Behavior
  • Stressful Life Event
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Developmental Psychopathology

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