Adolescent psychopathology in Times of Change: The need for integrating a developmental psychopathology perspective

Shmuel Shulman, Miri Scharf

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Abstract

In addition to the major physical, sexual and cognitive changes, as well as changes in relationships with parents and peers, in recent years adolescents also have to cope with many technological changes and increasing societal instabilities. Most of the existing research has examined the extent to which increasing uncertainties might impact expression of psychopathology and its magnitude. Emerging from a developmental psychopathology perspective, we are looking first for a better understanding of the meaning that adolescents give to these changes, which in turn is likely to affect their behavior. We are also looking for better understanding the importance of the role parents, and other societal systems/institutions (such as peers) play in ameliorating or enhancing the likelihood of maladaptive adolescent behavior under these circumstances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-100
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume65
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2018

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© 2018 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents

Keywords

  • Adolescent psychopathology
  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Family
  • Societal changes
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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