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Emotions and emotion regulation in developmental psychopathology

  • Dante Cicchetti (a1), Brian P. Ackerman (a2) and Carroll E. Izard (a2)


The understanding of emotions possesses important implications for elucidating normal as well as abnormal development. The contributions that the emotions have made for enhancing our understanding of psychopathology have been evident throughout history. In this article, an overview of the historical links between the emotions and psychopathology is presented. Despite its rich history, much contemporary theory and research on emotions has been conducted primarily within a nonpathology perspective. In recent decades, investigators have become more interested in examining the role and development of the emotions in atypical populations. It has been argued that the modularity of the emotions system requires a developmental model of emotion regulation.


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Dr. Dante Cicchetti Director, Mt. Hope Family Center, 187 Edinburgh St., Univ. of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14608.


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