Editorial: The psychopathology p factor: will it revolutionise the science and practice of child and adolescent psychiatry?
The psychopathology p factor has emerged from a series of strong empirical studies, largely in the adult psychiatry literature. Here, some of the recent findings relating to the p factor in children and adolescents are considered and the implications for child and adolescent psychiatry are discussed. Is it essential to covary for ‘p’ when we study specific domains of psychopathology? Do neurodevelopmental conditions make up part of the psychopathology p factor? How do we treat the ‘p factor’ in clinics? This editorial considers some of the contributions from this issue of Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry together with the wider literature that speak to these issues.
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Professor Angelica Ronald is a Professor of Psychology and Genetics and Director of the Genes Environment Lifespan (GEL) laboratory within the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
Angelica’s research interests include: quantitative genetics; molecular genetics; child and adolescent psychopathology; autistic spectrum disorders; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); psychosis; co-occurrence of psychopathology; and genetic and environmental risk factors across development.