The Problem of Defining Psychopathology and Challenges to Evolutionary Psychology Theory
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.
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