After reading this chapter, you should be able to…
2.1 Explain how genetic and epigenetic research is used to explore the causes of childhood disorders.
2.2 Describe the structure and function of major brain regions and their relationship to childhood disorders.
2.3 Use learning theory to explain how certain childhood disorders develop and are maintained over time.
2.4 Understand the way parents, families, and peers can contribute to childhood problems or protect youths from developing disorders.
2.5 Analyze the way social and cultural factors can influence child development and affect the emergence of disorders among youths.