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Defining Relational Pathology in Early Childhood: The Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood DC:0-5 approach

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In this article, Charles H. Zeanah and Alicia Lieberman address the relational focus of DC:0-5, especially through Axis II: Relational Context whereby DC:0-5 examines not only the key dyadic relationships of the child, but also the characterization of the network of family relationships in which the child develops.

This includes coparenting relationships and key network of close relationships that support the young child’s development and adaptation. The article also describes the inclusion of Relationship Specific Disorder of Early Childhood on Axis I: Clinical Disorders. This disorder captures disordered behavior that is limited to one caregiver relationship rather than cross contextually.

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