Developmental Perspectives on Family Theory and Psychopathology

  • Barclay Martin
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)

Abstract

A developmental perspective on family theory and psychopathology is not uniquely different from other views. Systems, social learning, and the cognitiveintrapsychic models all have developmental features. The difference between this chapter and others in this section is one of emphasis. Here, our attention will be on change over time. In traditional developmental psychology, the individual has been the unit of study, even when studied in groups; and textbooks in this area tend to follow individual development from infancy to adulthood (or old age, in life-span development) with respect to motor, cognitive, social, and personality functioning. The family has also been taken as the unit of developmental study and has been followed in its course from marriage to old age. In this chapter, we will adopt the latter perspective and focus primarily on the interactional dynamics of the family as they unfold over time and as they relate to psychopathological behavior.

Keywords

Child Development Birth Order Marital Satisfaction Marital Relationship Marital Conflict 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barclay Martin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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