Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Expressed emotions, early caregiver–child interaction, and disorders

Andreas Wiefela1 and Renate Schepkera2

a1 Charité-Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, D 13353 Berlin, Germany.

a2 Zentrum für Psychiatrie Südwürttemberg, D 88214 Ravensburg, Germany.


In addition to the socio-relational framework of expressive behaviors (SRFB), we recommend integrating theoretical and empirical findings based on attachment theory. We advocate a dynamic interpretation of early caregiver–child interaction. The consequences of models from developmental psychology for the occurrence of psychopathology are demonstrated from a clinical perspective.

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