A developmental metatheory of psychopathology

T. B. Karasu

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

6 Scopus citations


The author proposes a developmental metatheory of psychopathology that integrates and transcends major psychoanalytic schools and perspectives. The roles of both deficits and conflicts, interfaced with significant maternal and paternal relationship patterns, are explored at different phases of maturation. For heuristic purposes, a fourfold matrix-dyadic deficit, dyadic conflict, triadic deficit, triadic conflict-is delineated. Developmental precursors and clinical characteristics of each prototype are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-599
Number of pages19
JournalAmerican journal of psychotherapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


Dive into the research topics of 'A developmental metatheory of psychopathology'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this