Biological Risk Factors for Psychosocial Disorders

Biological Risk Factors for Psychosocial Disorders

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Biological Risk Factors for Psychosocial Disorders

It has been known for many years that physical disease or damage, especially of the brain, is associated with an increased risk for psychosocial disorders. However, the understanding of the mechanisms involved in these biological risk processes, and of the marked individual differences in response, is of much more recent origin. The role of genetic factors, perinatal brain damage, sex hormones, allergy, drugs, and language disorder, are among the topics reviewed by this book's expert contributors. Papers were selected to illustrate the wide range of mechanisms involved in the development of psychosocial disorders in childhood or later life. Authors were asked to write for a multidisciplinary audience, to adopt a lifespan approach, to focus on the principles involved, and to highlight the outstanding research and clinical issues in each field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521401036
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/29/1991
Series: European Network on Longitudinal Studies on Individual Development Series
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors; Foreword; Preface; Structural abnormalities of the brain in developmental disorders G. Lyon and J.-F. Gadisseux; Developmental disorders and structural brain development R. Goodman; Relation between maturation of neurotransmitter systems in the human brain and psychosocial disorders D. Swaab; Chromosomal abnormalities M. Pembrey; Genetic risk and psychosocial disorders: links between the normal and abnormal R. Plomin; Pre- and perinatal risk factors for psychosocial development P. Casaer; Metabolic/endocrine disorders and psychological functioning P. Fuggle and P. Graham; Toxins and allergens E. Taylor; The long-term psychosocial sequelae of specific developmental disorders of speech and language M. Rutter and L. Mawhood; Reproductive hormones J. Bancroft; Epilepsy and anticonvulsive drugs H.-C. Steinhawsen and C. Rauss-Mason; Biological risk mechanisms: some concepts and issues M. Rutter.

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