Model Building in Developmental Psychopathology: A Pragmatic Approach to Understanding and Intervention

Thomas J. Dishion, Gerald R. Patterson

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Abstract

Proposes model building as a pragmatic and integrative approach to developmental psychopathology. The model-building process is iterative within a program of research, cycling through the following phases of research: theory, field observation, construct definition, measurement development, construct analysis, model testing, experimental field trials, and model revision. Research on the development of and interventions for antisocial behavior is discussed as a tool for reflecting on the modelbuilding process. The ecological framework is offered as a science-based heuristic that integrates various levels of analysis and theoretical perspectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)502-512
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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