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The Evolution of Personality and Individual Differences$
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David M. Buss and Patricia H. Hawley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372090

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372090.001.0001

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The Problem of Defining Psychopathology and Challenges to Evolutionary Psychology Theory

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(p.451) 16 The Problem of Defining Psychopathology and Challenges to Evolutionary Psychology Theory
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The Evolution of Personality and Individual Differences
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Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372090.003.0016

This chapter considers how an evolutionary psychology approach may assist in the development of a scientifically based, general definition of psychopathology, as well as help integrate the disparate field of evolutionary psychopathology. The latter goal will require changes to mainstream evolutionary psychological theory so that it will encompass the major phenomena and symptoms of psychopathology. These changes are discussed. In so doing, the chapter focuses on psychopathology in general and how an evolutionary psychology approach may provide the theoretical foundation for defining the nature of mental disorders. Throughout the chapter gives examples from different mental disorders which are used to illustrate general principles.

Keywords:   evolutionary psychology, psychopathology, mental disorders, general principles

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