chapter  5
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Mental Growth and Mental Health as Distinct Concepts in the Study of Developmental Psychopathology: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications

Yet as rich a picture of the normal growth of the mind as these studies collectively present, they have paid scant attention to the troubles of the mind. What is the relationship of mental growth to mental health? The underlying assumption of Piagetian psychology is that as intellectual development proceeds, the organism makes a better adaptation to the environment. However, as we grow in mental complexity and organizational capacity do we indeed become more healthy mentally? And conversely, are failures of adaptation necessarily failures of development?