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Maladaptive parenting, school failure). 119 From a clinical perspective, a typological approach is beneficial because professionals who are familiar with typologies can then use this information to guide their evaluations and subsequent recommendations. For example, a history of insecure attachment would prompt a more thorough assessment to elicit information, including early childhood medical history, family environment, parenting behaviors and beliefs, child temperament and behavior problems, and emergent social relationships.

Jonathan’s teachers reported that he appeared withdrawn, played by himself during free play, and had difficulty concentrating in the classroom. At home, Jonathan appeared more irritable than usual and would throw frequent temper tantrums. In addition, he had difficulty sleeping and appeared to lose interest in eating. After a couple of months, Jonathan’s behavior began to improve. However, these symptoms resurfaced a year later, when Jonathan and his mother moved into their own apartment, which necessitated a change in schools.

U adolescents with mothers who displayed low levels of autonomy in observed interactions were more likely to display internalizing symptoms. Conversely, those with mothers who displayed very high levels of autonomy were more likely to exhibit risky behaviors. , insecure preoccupied attachment orientation). Equifi nality occurs when individuals with the same level of psychopathology achieved such pathological outcomes through different pathways. Evidence for equifi nality has emerged in research. 114 It is worth noting, from an intervention perspective, that the presence of equifi nality suggests that different versions of a given treatment for a given problem may be needed, depending on the pathway by which an individual progressed toward a psychopathological outcome.

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