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psychopathology

the scientific study of mental disorders
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psychopathology

[¦sī·kō·pə′thäl·ə·jē]
(psychology)
The systematic study of mental diseases.
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This opinion was criticized by the psychopathologists who testified before the Diet (National Diet, 1951, February 15).
Experimental psychopathologists have convincingly argued that diagnoses may be better described in terms of dimensions, which vary continuously on symptom and other deficit indicators, rather than as independent classes or taxa, which are described by discrete syndromes (Widiger & Clark, 2000).
He discusses them in groups, so that, for example Pavlov and Skinner are among behavioralists, Chomsky with cognitivists, Turing and Searle with computationalists, Dewey and Foucalt with philosophers, and Freud with psychopathologists.
In critiquing the DSM's classification system regarding mental disorders of adolescents, Grisso emphasizes the value of the conceptual approach of developmental psychopathologists. He points out that developmental psychopathology is not merely the study of psychopathology in childhood and adolescence--it is the study of how psychopathology emerges and changes in a developmental context, structured and guided by what is known about normal biological, cognitive, emotional, and social development during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.