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The Development of Psychopathology
Nature and Nurture

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ISBN 9781593852351
Published November 3, 2005 by Guilford Press
380 Pages

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Book Description

This volume illuminates the interplay among biological, psychological, and social-contextual processes in the development of prevalent clinical problems. Bruce F. Pennington explains the variety of methods used to investigate the mind-brain connection, including behavioral and molecular genetics, studies of brain structure and function, neuropsychology, and treatment studies. Shedding light on where mental disorders come from, how they develop, and why they are so common, the book also examines the implications for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Table of Contents

1. Fundamental Issues
2. Methods of Syndrome Analysis
3. Disorders of Motivation
4. Disorders of Action Regulation
5. Disorders of Language and Cognitive Development
6. Conclusions

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Bruce F. Pennington, PhD, is John Evans Professor of Psychology at the University of Denver, where he heads the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience program. He received his BA in English at Harvard University in 1968 and his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Duke University in 1977. He has earned an international reputation for his research on dyslexia, autism, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and has published over 150 scientific papers on these topics. His honors include Research Scientist, MERIT, and Fogarty awards from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Pennington's earlier book, Diagnosing Learning Disorders, emphasizes a close relation between research and practice. In addition to being a researcher and research mentor, he is also a child clinical neuropsychologist and has been active in clinical practice and training throughout his career.


"I adopted The Development of Psychopathology for an advanced undergraduate class, and I plan to use it in an introductory graduate seminar next semester. Pennington's book has the highest ratio of science to glitz of any work in this area. Neuroscience and genetics are sometimes weak points in behavioral science texts, but these two fast-growing areas get their due here. This integrated treatment of child psychopathology by one of the field's leaders is a treat for both students and instructor."--Hill Goldsmith, PhD, Fluno Bascom Professor and Leona Tyler Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin/n-/Madison

"The new discipline of cognitive neuroscience has already brought a rich harvest of applications to the traditional subjects of psychology and psychiatry. This is the first textbook on one of the most exciting of these applications, developmental psychopathology. This landmark book not only presents interesting and novel findings on the major syndromes, but also situates them within an integrated theoretical framework that makes it a joy to read. Particularly compelling are the insights it offers on developmental disorders, including autism and dyslexia. As one of the leaders of the emerging field of developmental cognitive neuroscience, Pennington writes with the superb clarity and great authority that comes only from first-hand knowledge. He offers lucid discussions of the complexities of models of causation and of comorbidity in different syndromes and how to resolve them. Also presented in highly accessible form are the new techniques from genetics, epidemiology, neurobiology, neuropsychology, and neuroimaging that are fundamental to the neuroscience approach."--Uta Frith, PhD, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Department of Psychology, University College London, UK

"This clear, readable and interesting book by one of the world leaders in the field of developmental cognitive psychology provides a splendid account of modern concepts of developmental psychopathology, as viewed from a neuroscience perspective. The essential research findings are succinctly summarized, but the particular value of the book lies in the understanding it provides of what these findings mean. Highly recommended!"--Professor Sir Michael Rutter, Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Research Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK

"This book is a remarkable achievement. Pennington provides a new integrative framework for understanding psychopathology, based on principles of developmental cognitive neuroscience. A wide range of disorders, such as depression, dyslexia, autism, and schizophrenia, are considered from multiple levels of analysis, from genes to brain to behavior. This book will serve as an outstanding text for advanced students in many fields, including psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience. I strongly recommend it to any professional seeking to understand how the new field of cognitive neuroscience will transform our understanding of psychopathology."--Geraldine Dawson, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Washington

"Compelling....[Pennington] demonstrates that virtually all mental disorders are developmental in nature and therefore must be understood in the context of what is known about normal development....His approach not only illuminates an understanding of pathological functioning, but also can serve as a road map to better understanding the avoidance of pathological outcomes. Ultimately, this work can inform prevention efforts with populations at risk for the development of psychopathology."--from the Foreword by Dante Cicchetti, PhD, Department of Psychology and Mt. Hope Family Center, University of Rochester