Understanding the factors that place an individual at greater risk of developing psychopathology has important implications for both treatment and prevention of psychological disorders. Of critical relevance in this regard is the exploration of the potential influence of the family. Parenting and the family environment are considered to significantly contribute to a child's early development and adjustment. It follows then that parental behavior may also be of importance in the development, maintenance and or the prevention of psychopathology. Over the past 50 years there has been a considerable amount of research as well as controversy surrounding the link between parenting and psychopathology. The purpose of this book is to provide researchers and clinicians with state-of-the art research findings, presented by experts in the field, on the role of the family in the development and maintenance of psychopathology.

This edited book is divided into 3 sections. The first addresses broader issues of theory and methodology and the second provides separate chapters relating to the role of the family in the development and maintenance of specific psychopathologies. A final section discusses the involvement of the family in treatment and prevention.


Students and researchers in clinical psychology, developmental psychology. Clinicians in psychology and psychiatry and other mental health professionals.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Chapter 1: Genetics and the Family Environment. (T.C. Eley, J.Y F. Lau). Chapter 2: The Role of Parenting in the Development of Psychopathology: An Overview of Research Using the Parental Bonding Instrument. (G.L. Gladstone, G.B. Parker). Chapter 3: Attachment and Psychopathology: A Lifespan Perspective. (J. Ungerer, C. McMahon). Chapter 4: Interparental Conflict, Violence and Psychopathology. (J.L. Hudson). Section II. Chapter 5: Oppositional and Conduct Problems. (D.J Hawes, M.R Dadds). Chapter 6: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and the Family: A Developmental Psychopathology Perspective. (E.J. Mash, C. Johnston). Chapter 7: Family Factors and the Development of Anxiety Disorders. (N.S. Gar, J.L. Hudson, R.M. Rapee). Chapter 8: Eating Disorders. (T. Wade). Chapter 9: Familial Risk Factors for Substance Use Disorders. (S. Avenevoli, K.P. Conway, K. Reis Merikangas). Chapter 10: Parenting and Personality Disorders. (J. Paris). Chapter 11: Family Factors and the Etiology and Maintenance of Major Mental Disorder. (J.M. Hooley, K.A. Woodberry, C. Ferriter). Chapter 12: Depression and the Family. (J. Garber). Section III. Chapter 13: Family Involvement in Psychotherapy: What's the Evidence? (K. Manassis). Chapter 14: Clinical Perspectives on Involving the Family in Treatment. (F.M. Dattilio). Chapter 15: Family intervention and prevention of behavioural and emotional disorders in childhood and adolescence. (M.R Sanders, A. Ralph).


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About the authors

Jennifer Hudson

Affiliations and Expertise

Macquarie University, Australia

Ron Rapee

Affiliations and Expertise

Macquarie University, Australia


"This remarkable book provides exceptionally wide-ranging and incisive coverage of the interplay among family processes and the development of psychopathology from multiple perspectives that are essential to advancing the field of developmental psychopathology. The accessible and up-to-date analysis and synthesis of developmental psychopathology by internationally renowned scientists will, no doubt, make this book required reading for broad audience, including undergraduate and graduate students, academicians, and practitioners and policy-makers." -Patrick Davies, University of Rochester, NY, USA "A much needed contribution. This volume provides a comprehensive and critical examination of theory and research relating to psychopathology and the family. Essential reading for any clinician and researcher who work with children and families. " -Wendy K. Silverman, Ph.D., ABPP, Florida International University, Miami, USA