Constructivist Perspectives on Developmental Psychopathology and Atypical Development

Edited by Daniel P. Keating, Hugh Rosen

© 1990 – Psychology Press

268 pages

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pub: 1990-11-01
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About the Book

This volume is the result of a symposium titled "Constructivist Approaches to Atypical Development and Developmental Psychopathology."

What emerges from the work included here is a record of innovative extensions, refinements, and applications of the concept of constructivism.

The chapters not only demonstrate the compatibility of constructivism with investigations of atypicality, but also the generation of a constructivist perspective for a wide array of problems in developmental psychology.


"Researchers and clinicians will find this volume to be a valuable addition to the growing clinical literature concerned with the application of developmental and constructivist concepts to the domains of counseling and psychotherapy…The breadth and depth of the scholarship in this volume suggests that the constructivist perspective holds great promise for illuminating basic principles and processes of human change over the course of the life span."

Contemporary Psychology

Table of Contents

Contents: D.P. Keating, Constructivism and Diversity. S. Santostefano, Coordinating Outer Space with Inner Self: Reflections on Developmental Psychopathology. R.A. Thompson, Construction and Reconstruction of Early Attachments: Taking Perspective on Attachment Theory and Research. D. Cicchetti, M. Beeghly, V. Carlson, W. Coster, M. Gersten, C. Rieder, S. Toth, Development and Psychopathology: Lessons from the Study of Maltreated Children. L. Rogers, R. Kegan, "Mental Growth" and "Mental Health" as Distinct Concepts in the Study of Developmental Psychopathology: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications. H. Rosen, Constructivism: Personality, Psychopathology, and Psychotherapy. B. Landau, Knowledge and Its Expression in the Blind Child. A.M. Sostek, Development of the Blind Child: Implications for Assessment and Intervention. H.G. Furth, Thinking Without Language: A Perspective and Review of Research With Deaf People. H.W. Hoemann, Piagetian Perspectives on Research With Deaf Subjects.

About the Series

Jean Piaget Symposia Series

Each year, following their annual meeting, the Jean Piaget Society publishes an edited volume.  This approximately 300-page volume covers the main themes of the symposium and is published by Psychology Press.

Members of the society receive the volume free of charge. Non-members can order copies from this website.

About the Jean Piaget Society

The Jean Piaget Society, established in 1970, has an international, interdisciplinary membership of scholars, teachers and researchers interested in exploring the nature of the developmental construction of human knowledge. The Society was named in honor of the Swiss developmentalist, Jean Piaget, who made major theoretical and empirical contributions to our understanding of the origins and evolution of knowledge.

The Society's aim is to provide an open forum, through symposia, books, our journal, and other publications, for the presentation and discussion of scholarly work on issues related to human knowledge and its development. The Society further encourages the application of advances in the understanding of development to education and other domains.

In 1989, the name of the Society was changed to Jean Piaget Society: Society for the Study of Knowledge and Development.

You can find out more on the Jean Piaget Society website at .

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General