Foundations of Developmental Psychopathology

  • Thomas J. Huberty


Research and interest in child psychopathology have burgeoned in the last two decades, resulting in a research base has led to greater understanding of the development and treatment of childhood disorders (Achenbach, 1982; Lewis, 2000; Sroufe, 1997). Views of childhood psychological problems have changed over time from early Greek and Roman perspectives when disorders were viewed as being due to organic imbalances or other inherent problems. Children with psychological or physical disabilities were viewed as burdens on society and often were scorned, abandoned, or put to death. Other conceptualizations about children with mental and psychological problems viewed them as being inherently evil or possessed by demons. Until the mid-1800s, it was not uncommon for children with disabilities to be kept in cages and cellars (Silk, Nath, Siegel, & Kendall, 2000), and they did not receive help or education. Fortunately, attitudes toward children with psychological and developmental problems have changed significantly, and they are more likely to be given help and to be protected under various federal and state laws that govern neglect and abuse, mental health services, public education, and others.


Autism Spectrum Disorder Behavioral Problem Mental Health Professional Typical Development Developmental Pathway 
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  • Thomas J. Huberty
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  1. 1.Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology School Psychology ProgramIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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