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Cultural development and psychopathology

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 November 2018

José M. Causadias*
Arizona State University
Dante Cicchetti
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Address correspondence and reprint requests to: José M. Causadias, T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University, Cowden Family Resources Building, 850 South Cady Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281; E-mail:


Culture plays a pivotal role in adaptive and maladaptive development. However, culture remains disconnected from theory, research, training, assessment, and interventions in developmental psychopathology, limiting our understanding of the genesis and epigenesis of mental health. Cultural development and psychopathology research can help overcome this limitation by focusing on the elucidation of cultural risk, protective, and promotive factors, at the individual and social levels, that initiate, derail, or maintain trajectories of normal and abnormal behavior. The goal of this Special Issue is to showcase research on the association between culture, development, and psychopathology that investigates equifinality and multifinality in cultural development, the interplay between culture and biology, cultural assessment and interventions, and cultural differences and similarities.

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We thank Kevin Korous and Karlyn Wegmann for their editorial assistance in the production of this Special Issue. We also thank Kim Updegraff and Rebecca White for their support in the manuscript review process.


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