The Study Of Child Psychopathology

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Kim, J., & Cicchetti, D. (2009). Longitudinal pathways linking child maltreatment, emotion regulation, peer relations, and psychopathology. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 51(6), 706-716. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1469-7610.2009.02202.x/abstract The study of child psychopathology is a more recent discussion topic among professionals and experts in the psychology field. There have been several studies that support the idea that child psychopathology is an indicator or predictor for long-term mental issues. However, this brings up an important question as to how a child develops psychopathic characteristics. Research suggests that maltreatment affects children’s capabilities of expressing their problems or issues in a healthy manor. Children will tend to have problems with emotional regulation, along with externalizing and internalizing their problems (Kim & Cicchetti, 2009, p. 706-707). Without sensitive child-parent interactions, children will lack proper emotional understanding. The inability to regulate emotions has been said to lead to poor social interaction, and furthermore, lead to psychopathology. In order to gain a better understanding of this, experts Jungmeen Kim and Dante Cicchetti conducted a study to determine if maltreatment affected children’s emotional regulation, peer acceptance and rejection, and psychopathology (Kim and Cicchetti, 2009, p. 706-707). The primary hypothesis for this specific study is that
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