It has been known for many years that physical disease or damage, especially of the brain, are associated with an increased risk for psychosocial disorders. However, the understanding of the mechanisms involved in these biological risk processes, and of the marked individual differences in response, is of much more recent origin. The role of genetic factors, perinatal brain damage, sex hormones, allergy, drugs and language disorder, are among the topics selected to illustrate the wide range of mechanisms involved in the development of psychosocial disorders in childhood or later life. Authors were asked to write for a multidisciplinary audience, to adopt a lifespan approach, to focus on the principles involved, and to highlight the outstanding research and clinical issues in each field. The result is a readable and highly authoritative overview of the factors responsible for a wide range of behavioural and psychological problems. It is a book which will interest practitioners and research workers in many developmental disciplines, particularly child health and paediatrics, neurology, psychology and psychiatry.Table of ContentsList of contributorsForewordPrefaceStructural abnormalities of the brain in developmental disorders G. Lyon and J.-F. GadisseuxDevelopmental disorders and structural brain development R. GoodmanRelation between maturation of neurotransmitter systems in the human brain and psychosocial disorders D. SwaabChromosomal abnormalities M. PembreyGenetic risk and psychosocial disorders: links between the normal and abnormal R. PlominPre- and perinatal risk factors for psychosocial development P. CasaerMetabolic/endocrine disorders and psychological functioning P. Fuggle and P. GrahamToxins and allergens E. TaylorThe long-term psychosocial sequelae of specific developmental disorders of speech and language M. Rutter and L. MawhoodReproductive hormones J. BancroftEpilepsy and anticonvulsive drugs H.-C. Steinhawsen and C. Rauss-MasonBiological risk mechanisms: some concepts and issues M. Rutter.
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Titolo: Biological Risk Factors for Psychosocial Disorders
Autori: Rutter - Casaer
Editore: Cambridge University Press
Edizione: I 1991
Finitura: Copertina rigida