Disorders and Dysfunctions of the Self
Dante Cicchetti, Sheree L. Toth
Boydell & Brewer, 1994 - 409 pages
Disorders and Dysfunctions of the Self continues the tradition of the Rochester Symposium on Developmental Psychopathology series through highlighting how knowledge of normal self-development can be applied to the study of atypical and psychopathological populations and, likewise, how examinations of abnormality can enhance understanding of the normal development of the self. Throughout history, self dysfunction has held a fascination for the general public, as well as for scholars. Perhaps this is due to the widespread belief that aberrations in self-development can result in the emergence of various forms of childhood and adult psychopathology. With the ascendance of developmental psychopathology, the study of the self has captured the attention of developmentalists of many persuasions with a renewed vigor. The papers in this volume illustrate advances that have been made in understanding the developmental mechanisms that contribute to anomalies and perturbations in the self systems of high risk and disordered populations. Their work demonstrates that the utilization of a developmental psychopathological approach can ensure that the renascence of the study of the self will continue to flourish. Disorders and Dysfunctions of the Self is an invaluable resource for the libraries of academics interested in theory and research on normal and abnormal self processes, clinicians who work with children and adults with self dysfunctions and disorders, and students in psychology, psychiatry, social work, and related fields. It is recommended for use as a text for advanced undergraduate courses in developmental psychopathology or abnormal psychology and for graduate seminars on these and related topics.
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