Future directions

Child psychiatric epidemiology must take into account both the development of the child and the development of disorders over time. (60> Risk and protective factors and the mechanisms by which they have their effect may vary at different developmental periods. What is needed are longitudinal studies that provide data on the natural history of child psychopathology, and establish developmental sequences and pathways. (61..) This will aid the prevention initiative immeasurably by indicating who should receive intervention initiatives, and when and what their focus should be. This would help to realize the major aim of child psychiatric epidemiology, namely the prevention of disorders in populations of children.

Funny Wiring Autism

Funny Wiring Autism

Autism is a developmental disorder that manifests itself in early childhood and affects the functioning of the brain, primarily in the areas of social interaction and communication. Children with autism look like other children but do not play or behave like other children. They must struggle daily to cope and connect with the world around them.

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