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Trajectories in Developmental Disabilities: Infancy – Childhood – Adolescence

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Starting well before birth and throughout life, there is an array of factors influencing neuropsychological development and mental health. Within this Research Topic, we are interested in outlining biological and environmental risk factors but also protective factors impacting on development, mental health ...

Starting well before birth and throughout life, there is an array of factors influencing neuropsychological development and mental health. Within this Research Topic, we are interested in outlining biological and environmental risk factors but also protective factors impacting on development, mental health and neuropsychiatric phenomena in infancy, childhood, and/or adolescence. Genetic makeup, neurological underpinnings of psychopathology, pharmacological influence, and environmental exposures influencing development and developmental pathways are in the focus of interest in this Frontiers edition. We are especially interested in neurobiological and behavioral studies addressing early detection of neurodevelopmental and genetic disorders, research on pathways into psychopathology, also focusing on prodromal stages or primary and secondary prevention. We welcome all contributions aiming at a better understanding of pathways into psychopathology, impairment or mental health, as well as assessment and intervention opportunities.

Although interdisciplinarity is increasing in research and clinical environments, a more overarching framework where disciplines such as medicine, psychology, special education, public health and related fields unite is still needed. For this Research Topic, a broad range of interdisciplinary submissions that address the issue of developmental trajectories during pregnancy, infancy, childhood, and/or adolescence in psychopathology are welcome. Scientists researching the risk, protection or elevated likelihood for psychopathology/mental illness/mental health are welcome to contribute to this Research Topic. We accept quantitative designs such as intervention studies (e.g., RCTs and experimental studies, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological), genetic and biological studies, behavioral correlational studies, longitudinal studies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses focusing on developmental pathways from prodromal periods to onset of disorder, developments after diagnosis, efficacy of interventions, etc.

Potential topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, studies and reviews on prenatal exposure to teratogenic factors, drugs, differences in hormonal levels, gene variants, but also peri- and postnatal -environmental factors like geographical differences, socio-economic status, preterm birth, various psychological factors as well as intervention opportunities.

Non exhaustive list of topics:

• ADHD
• ASD
• Motor disorders
• Language disorders
• Cross Syndrome Comparisons
• Down Syndrome
• Environmental Exposures
• Epigenetics of Psychopathology
• Fragile X Syndrome
• Prader Willi Syndrome
• Preterm Birth
• Rett Syndrome
• Tuberous Sclerosis
• Intellectual disability


Keywords: Mental Health, Psychopathology, Risk Factors, Development, Trajectories


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27 August 2021 Manuscript

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27 August 2021 Manuscript

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