New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 1990.
This study discusses the role of stressful conditions and psychological experiences in the causation and maintenance of psychiatric disorders in childhood and adolescence. The book has been divided into three sections: the first considers events in the environment that may be thought of as stressful and having the capacity to change mental life. The second section deals with mechanisms in the individual for the appraisal of social adversities. The final part of the text discusses interactions between social events and psychological experiences as expressed in psychopathological states in childhood.
Social conditions - social experiences and development; adaptation, adjustment and the family; peer relations and friendship difficulties; community environments - war and disaster; personal disposition - monoamines, immunity and social adversity; arousal, emotions and temperment; cognition, coping and behaviour; psychopathology - life events, difficulties and psychiatric disorders; models of stress and psychopathology; social adversity and public policy; clinical issues and interventions.