Capturing Campaign Dynamics: The National Annenberg Election Survey: Design, Method and Data…

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byDaniel Romer, Kate Kenski, Paul Waldman

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Many of those who frequently interact with adolescents have resigned themselves to the fact that the period between childhood and adulthood is inevitably characterized by risky and unhealthy behavior and also a time when previously healthy children will experience the first signs of mentaldisorder. Likewise, the popular media often present the adolescent brain as a work in progress, unprepared for the developmental changes that drive unhealthy behavior, and vulnerable to the genetic influences that seem to undermine mental health. But in the last decade, scientists have come to grasp the plasticity of the adolescent brain. Although important findings from both animal and human research show the effects of early maltreatment on brain development and how these effects can be transmitted across generations, new advances in ourunderstanding also promise strategies for reversing these and other genetic predispositions. Research now suggests that mental health professionals and concerned parents may be able to take advantage of adolescent brain plasticity by fortifying strengths, avoiding maladaptive behaviors, andcounteracting genes that would otherwise promote mental disorder. At one time considered mutually exclusive, according to the argument diligently supported by Daniel Romer and Elaine Walker, nature and nurture actually work in concert, shaping the development of the mature individual. The implications for our views of the treatability of mental disorder could be dramatic. A central question which this volume addresses is: With treatment and preventive interventions, can we enhance healthy functioning, prevent potential maladaptive behavior, and alter the developmental course ofpsychological disorders? In June 2005, a diverse group of psychologists, neuroscientists, and researchers came together at University of Pennsylvanias Annenberg Public Policy Center to discuss this question theoretically and practically from a variety of perspectives. The presentations from thisfruitful meeting have been synthesized into Adolescent Psychopathology and the Developing Brain: Integrating Brain and Prevention Science, a collection that offers prevention and neuroscience researchers the knowledge and background to embark on the study of developmental psychopathology, and therationale to chart a new course.

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Many of those who frequently interact with adolescents have resigned themselves to the fact that the period between childhood and adulthood is inevitably characterized by risky and unhealthy behavior and also a time when previously healthy children will experience the first signs of mentaldisorder. Likewise, the popular media often pr...

Daniel Romer is at Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:August 29, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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SECTION 1: Biological and social universals in development. 1. Linda Spear: The Developing Brain and Adolescent-typical Behavior Patterns: An Evolutionary Approach2. Ann Masten: Competence, Resilience and Development in Adolescence: Clues for Prevention ScienceSECTION 2: Characteristics of brain and behavior in development. 3. Elizabeth R. Sowell, Paul M. Thompson, and Arthur W. Toga: Mapping Adolescent Brain Maturation Using Structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging4. Don Tucker and Lyda Moller: The Metamorphosis: Individuation of the Adolescent Brain5. Scott Hemby and Joann OConnor: Transcriptional Regulation in SchizophreniaSECTION 3: Effects of early maltreatment and stress on brain development. 6. Megan Gunnar: Stress Effects on the Developing Brain7. Michael Meaney: Maternal Programming of Defensive Responses through Sustained Effects on Gene Expression8. Karen Bales and C. Sue Carter: Neuropeptides and the Development of Social Behaviors: Implications for Adolescent Psychopathology9. Charles A. Nelson, Charles H. Zeanah and Nathan A. Fox: Effects of Early Deprivation on Brain-Behavioral Development: The Bucharest Early Intervention ProjectSECTION 4: Effects of stress and other environmental influences during adolescence. 10. Erin McClure and Daniel Pine: Social Stress, Affect, and Neural Function in Adolescence11. Anthony Grace: Stress-induced Pathophysiology within the Schizophrenia Patient Brain: A Model for the Delayed Onset of Psychosis and its Circumvention by Anxiolytic Agents12. Elaine Walker, Amanda McMillan, and Vigay Mittal: Neurohormones, Neurodevelopment and the Prodrome of Psychosis in Adolescence13. Lauren Alloy and Lyn Abramson: The Adolescent Surge in Depression and Emergence of Gender Differences: A Biocognitive Vulnerability Stress Model in Developmental ContextSECTION 5: Reversible disorders of brain development. 14. Kiki Chang, Kim Gallelli, and Meghan Howe: Early Identification and Prevention of Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder15. Nicole S. Cooper, Adriana Feder, Steven M. Southwick, and Dennis S. Charney: Resilience and Vulnerability to Trauma: Psychobiological Mechanisms16. Martha Farah, Kimberly G. Noble and Hallam Hurt: The Developing Adolescent Brain in Socioeconomic Context17. Charles B. OBrien: Brain Development as a Vulnerability Factor in the Etiology of Substance Abuse and AddictionSECTION 6: Educational interventions for enhanced neurocognitive development. 18. M. Rosario Rueda, Mary K. Rothbart, Lisa Saccomanno, and Michael I. Posner: Modifying Brain Networks Underlying Self Regulation19. Patricia Gorman Barry and Marilyn Welsh: The BrainWise Curriculum: Neurocognitive Development Intervention Program20. Mark T. Greenberg, Nathaniel R. Riggs, and Clancy Blair: The Role of Preventive Interventions in Enhancing Neurocognitive Functioning and Promoting Competence in AdolescenceAppendix A: Glossary (forthcoming): Shivali Dhruv. Appendix B: Brain Locations: Eian More.