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psychopathology Line breaks: psy¦cho|path¦ology
Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪkəʊpəˈθɒlədʒi/

Definition of psychopathology in English:


1 [mass noun] The scientific study of mental disorders: Wharton’s autobiography ranks high in the annals of psychopathology
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  • In the 1960s, his research on schizophrenia set the standard for twin studies of psychopathology.
  • The nature of the hypotheses varies widely depending upon which theory of psychotherapy and psychopathology the clinician applies.
  • Most studies of psychopathology focus on individual disorders and screen out comorbid cases to reduce diagnostic heterogeneity.
2Features of people’s mental health considered collectively: ageism, family discord, and psychopathology all play their part in abuse
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  • In addition, our findings are useful in their ability to more specifically explicate the role of women's beauty and fashion magazines in the psychopathology of eating disorders.
  • The grants fund empirical studies on methods of assessment, prevention or treatment, or on issues related to the psychopathology of children or adolescents.
  • He is interested in unusual psychiatric phenomena and in the psychopathology of perception.
2.1Mental or behavioural disorder: she showed evidence of genuine psychopathology
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  • Such a psychopathology would probably be more concerned with the development of the individual's sense of reality than with the vicissitudes of his infantile sexuality.
  • The instructor can review the heterogeneity among batterers across several dimensions, including the severity of the violence, and the psychopathology and physiological responses of the batterer.
  • He considered that some cases manifested a particular psychopathology, sometimes due to drunkenness or epilepsy, but that in a few instances it was an actual perversion brought about by a morbid disposition.


Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪkəʊpaθəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
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  • According to Homey, alienation could be related to psychopathological states similar to neurosis, including a delay in the growth and actualization of the individual.
  • The Freudian world view had already started to rewrite the old script of women sexually victimized by predatory men, replacing it with a new script of psychopathological maternity.
  • Additional paternal factors, other than psychopathological characteristics, also have been examined in families with court-involved youth.
Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪkəʊpəˈθɒlədʒɪst/
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  • The first, held by many developmental psychopathologists, was that individual differences are best tapped under stressful conditions.
  • It was his doctor, a psychopathologist named Rayna Midori, recently arrived from Bombay, who had decided that talking to a writer might be therapeutic.
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