Developmental Approaches to Understanding Anxiety Disorders

Richie Poulton, Jessica R. Grisham and Gavin Andrews

in Oxford Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195307030
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Developmental Approaches to Understanding Anxiety Disorders

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We illustrate the value of a developmental perspective for understanding anxiety disorders by: (1) reviewing evidence for continuity of the anxiety phenotype from childhood to adulthood to show how these findings have implications for nosology, research, and prevention; (2) use posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to reveal how developmental origins can be identified much earlier in life, far removed from traumatic precipitating events; (3) consider the interplay of biological, cognitive, personality, and environmental factors in etiology of panic disorder, with or without agoraphobia; and (4) take an in-depth look at obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to highlight how a developmental approach may be essential for progress to be made in our understanding of this and other anxiety disorders.

Keywords: anxiety disorders; developmental; etiology; longitudinal

Article.  9822 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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