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World J Psychiatr. Sep 22, 2017; 7(3): 159-162
Published online Sep 22, 2017. doi: 10.5498/wjp.v7.i3.159
Developmental psychopathology: A primer for clinical pediatrics
Robert Eme
Robert Eme, Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Schaumburg Campus, Evanston, IL 60202, United States
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Correspondence to: Robert Eme, PhD, Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Schaumburg Campus, 731 Grey Ave, Evanston, IL 60202, United States.
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Received: January 17, 2017
Peer-review started: January 18, 2017
First decision: March 27, 2017
Revised: March 31, 2017
Accepted: April 23, 2017
Article in press: April 25, 2017
Published online: September 22, 2017
Core Tip

Core tip: Developmental psychopathology is an expansive approach to understanding the processes and pathways to normal and abnormal development. The minireview articulated the four central principles upon which approach is based. Perhaps the most important tip which these principles point to is an expansion on the notion of developmental cascades as a way of advancing the sophistication and comprehensiveness of the understanding of developmental pathways. Namely the notion of developmental cascades proposes that early appearing problems can have effects that spread across multiple levels of functioning in a multiplicity of ways over time and thus provides a promising direction for the constructing developmental models for pathways of cascading effects.