The aim of this unit is to provide students with an overview of frameworks, theories, concepts, and processes central to the study of developmental psychopathology. The unit will review and extend on student understanding of normal development and assist students to integrate understanding of normative development and understanding of psychopathology. The unit focuses on developing an understanding of risk and protective factors in the development of psychological disorders. Multiple theoretical perspectives will be considered, and treatment and prevention approaches will be discussed in relation to theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence. This understanding will then by applied to a selection of the most prevalent and high-impact psychological disorders in children and adolescents. The important role of culture and context in normative development, and in the development and treatment of psychological disorders will also be discussed.