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Psychiatr Prax. 2009 Oct;36(7):311-6. doi: 10.1055/s-0029-1220379. Epub 2009 Aug 4.

[Does the recent psychosocial research consider the perspective of developmental psychopathology?].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Universität Leipzig, Selbstständige Abteilung für Medizinische Psychologie und Medizinische Soziologie, 04103 Leipzig. Heide.Glaesmer@medizin.uni-leipzig.de



Developmental psychopathology is studying the development of psychological disorders with a life course perspective and an interdisciplinary approach considering the interplay of biological, psychological and social factors in complex models. The bibliometric analysis examines the implementation of this concept in the recent psychosocial research in the German-speaking area.


Volumes 2007 and 2008 of three German psychological journals "Zeitschrift für Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik und Medizinische Psychologie", "Zeitschrift für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie", and "Zeitschrift für Psychiatrie, Psychologie und Psychotherapie" were screened for articles dealing with issues of developmental psychopathology. 46 articles were identified and evaluated.


Several aspects of developmental psychopathology are considered in a vast number of studies, but there is a main focus on risk factors, but not on protective factors and most of the studies are based on cross-sectional designs.


Most of the recent practice in psychosocial research is not beneficial for the identification of causal effects or the complex interplay of risk and protective factors in the development of psychological disorders. Thus, longitudinal studies, taking biological, psychological and social factors and their interplay into account are essential to meet the requirement of developmental psychopathology.

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