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date: 05 March 2021

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Historical origins of the field are reviewed and the meaning of a developmental psychopathology perspective is described. Definitional principles and conceptual issues of the field are discussed, and these parameters include (1) the mutual interplay between normality and psychopathology; (2) a multiple-levels-of-analysis and multidisciplinary approach; (3) developmental pathways to psychopathology and resilient functioning; (4) translational research; and (5) prevention and intervention. Examples are derived from research conducted with individuals at high risk for developing psychopathology and those suffering from mental disorders. Future directions and challenges for translating research into practice and policy are proffered. Advances in the knowledge base in developmental psychopathology not only have benefitted the scientific understanding of the relation between normal and abnormal development, but also have contributed to reducing the individual and societal burden of mental illness.

Keywords: developmental pathways, developmental psychopathology, multiple levels of analysis, prevention and intervention, translational research

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