Biological Risk Factors for Psychosocial Disorders

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Michael Rutter, Paul Casaer
Cambridge University Press, Nov 29, 1991 - Medical - 346 pages
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It has been known for many years that physical disease or damage, especially of the brain, is associated with an increased risk for psychosocial disorders. However, the understanding of the mechanisms involved in these biological risk processes, and of the marked individual differences in response, is of much more recent origin. The role of genetic factors, perinatal brain damage, sex hormones, allergy, drugs, and language disorder, are among the topics reviewed by this book's expert contributors. Papers were selected to illustrate the wide range of mechanisms involved in the development of psychosocial disorders in childhood or later life. Authors were asked to write for a multidisciplinary audience, to adopt a lifespan approach, to focus on the principles involved, and to highlight the outstanding research and clinical issues in each field.
 

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Contents

Developmental disorders and structural brain
20
Relation between maturation of neurotransmitter
50
Chromosomal abnormalities
67
links between
101
Prenatal and perinatal risk factors for psycho
139
Metabolicendocrine disorders and psychological
175
Toxins and allergens
199
The longterm psychosocial sequelae of specific
233
Reproductive hormones
260
Epilepsy and anticonvulsive drugs
311
Index
340
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