The focus of this chapter is competence as it relates to psychopathology in development. The chapter emphasizes the history of concepts most pertinent to competence, and describes constructs that are important for developmental psychopathology, particularly in relation to the history and definitions of psychopathology, its diagnosis, and interventions to prevent or treat mental health problems. It then summarizes key themes and issues dealing with competence constructs. Psychopathology is defined in relation to competence, with a particular focus on the concepts of impairment, harmful dysfunction, and disability in the definition and classification of mental illness. The chapter delineates several models depicting how competence and psychopathology might be related. It examines intervention efforts pertinent to competence, with an emphasis on prevention science. Finally, the chapter evaluates the progress made in developmental psychopathology toward integrating the study of positive and maladaptive development and discusses the implications for improving developmental science and its applications.
|Title of host publication||Developmental psychopathology|
|Subtitle of host publication||Risk, disorder and psychopathology|
|Editors||D. Ciccheti, D. Cohen|
|Place of Publication||New York, NY|
|Number of pages||43|
|State||Published - 2006|