Affect Regulation and the Development of Psychopathology / Edition 1

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

"Those planning new developmental research (or reanalysis of existing data sets) on the precursors of psychopathological functioning would do well to consider what Bradley has to say....Clinicians looking for a broader perspective that integrates knowledge from child psychiatry, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, and developmental psychology would also gain a lot from reading this book."--Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Psychiatric Times

"Cutting-edge discoveries from neuroscience are the basis for [Bradley's] assumptions about the brain systems involved in arousal and negative affect....The book is well-written and although it covers complex neural phenomena, very readable. It is an example of the new direction that the study of psychopathology has taken. Both practitioners and clinical researchers will find the book relevant and informative."--Psychiatric Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572309395
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/16/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Overview. 
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 Direction.
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