In the past few decades, considerable advances have been made in understanding childhood psychopathology. This progress is the result of four primary developments in the field. First, both in the research and in the clinical framework, psychopathology has been conceptualized across a spectrum of severity of symptoms and impairment. Second, psychopathology has been studied in the context of young children’s real life parallel to referral settings. Third, studying child psychopathology in large-scale prospective epidemiological studies offers new insight into the etiology of child psychiatric disorders. And fourth, enormous progress has been made in understanding the nature of psychopathology and its biological underpinnings.

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F.C. Verhulst (Frank) , H.W. Tiemeier (Henning)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
The Generation R study is conducted by Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam in close collaboration with the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Municipal Health Service Rotterdam, and the Stichting Trombosedienst & Artsenlaboratorium Rijnmond (STAR), Rotterdam. We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of children and parents, general practitioners, hospitals, midwifes and pharmacies in Rotterdam. The general design of the Generation R is made possible by the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport, and the Ministry of Youth and Families. The work presented in this thesis was conducted at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychology and was supported by a grant from ZonMW (Grant Number: 10.000.1003) and a grant from the European Community’s 7th Framework Programme (FP7/2008–2013) under grant agreement 212652 (NUTRIMENTHE Project: ‘‘The Effect of Diet on the Mental Performance of Children’’). Further financial support for the publication of this thesis was provided by the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychology, the Generation R Study, and the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
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Ghassabian, A. (2013, June 12). Neurobiological pathways to childhood psychopathology : Population-based studies of cognition and behavior. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from