The times they are a-changin’: paradigm shifts in child and adolescent psychology and psychiatry
Sara R. Jaffee
The world is a different place than it was more than 2 years ago, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The times are always changing, but events of the recent past have radically shifted how we work, when and how we interact with each other, and how we understand our history. The papers in the current issue echo this spirit of change, challenging us to fundamentally re-think how we conceptualize psychopathology, where we define boundaries between ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ (and, who gets to define those boundaries), and whether our current conceptual models are generalizable to ever more diverse groups. These challenges represent healthy and timely critiques of dominant paradigms. Collectively, the authors who contributed to the current Annual Research Review make the case that these new frameworks will have big pay-offs in terms of improving clinical practice and policy.