Definition of psychopathology in English:



  • 1mass noun The scientific study of mental disorders.

    ‘Wharton's autobiography ranks high in the annals of psychopathology’
    • ‘According to cognitive theories of psychopathology, specific cognitive factors as identified here should be uniquely associated with particular emotional states or disorders.’
    • ‘In the 1960s, his research on schizophrenia set the standard for twin studies of psychopathology.’
    • ‘The nature of the hypotheses varies widely depending upon which theory of psychotherapy and psychopathology the clinician applies.’
    • ‘Most studies of psychopathology focus on individual disorders and screen out comorbid cases to reduce diagnostic heterogeneity.’
    • ‘His research interests include the treatment of pathological gambling, gambling-related cognitive psychopathology, and concurrent disorders among gamblers.’
  • 2Features of people's mental health considered collectively.

    ‘ageism, family discord, and psychopathology all play their part in abuse’
    • ‘It should be noted that the data provide information on the organization of automatic thoughts, and do not allow any conclusions to be drawn about the relationship between specific cognitive content and psychopathology in youth.’
    • ‘He is interested in unusual psychiatric phenomena and in the psychopathology of perception.’
    • ‘In addition, our findings are useful in their ability to more specifically explicate the role of women's beauty and fashion magazines in the psychopathology of eating disorders.’
    • ‘His interests are the psychopathology of violent criminal behaviour in children, adolescents and adults, as well as violent serial offending.’
    • ‘The grants fund empirical studies on methods of assessment, prevention or treatment, or on issues related to the psychopathology of children or adolescents.’
    1. 2.1 Mental or behavioural disorder.
      ‘she showed evidence of genuine psychopathology’
      • ‘The instructor can review the heterogeneity among batterers across several dimensions, including the severity of the violence, and the psychopathology and physiological responses of the batterer.’
      • ‘He considered that some cases manifested a particular psychopathology, sometimes due to drunkenness or epilepsy, but that in a few instances it was an actual perversion brought about by a morbid disposition.’
      • ‘Such a psychopathology would probably be more concerned with the development of the individual's sense of reality than with the vicissitudes of his infantile sexuality.’
      • ‘Even if the physician recognizes the psychopathology, the patient may reject the diagnosis.’