Abnormal Child Psychology

Abnormal Child Psychology

  1. Module Title: Abnormal Child Psychology
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 305
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: This course covers the concepts regarding psychological and psychiatric disorders across the lifespan, with additional focus on the emotional and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents. It involves the understanding the definition of normality/abnormality within a historical context, the underlying assumptions on what constitutes “abnormal” mental health, and an understanding of the DSM criteria to classifying psychological and psychiatric disorders, a brief overview of the major theories in the area as well as some the treatment approaches of such disorders.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students will have:

    1. Have knowledge of what defines abnormality within historical context, legal and ethical issues in psychopathology, concepts of diagnosis, assessments, types of disorders across the lifespan, and the treatment approaches.
      • Define basic concepts in Abnormal Psychology across the lifespan.
      • State basic facts associated with definitions, diagnosis, prognosis, assessment and treatment of the different disorders across the lifespan.
      • State the key legal and ethical issues in mental health services and research.
    2. Understand types of disorders across the lifespan and the impact on the affected individuals.
      • Identify the key characteristics of the various disorders across the lifespan.
      • Describe the causes, etiology, prognosis and approaches to treatment for disorders found across the lifespan.
    3. Apply and analyze the theories and concepts in Abnormal Psychology that are related to diagnosis, causes, etiology and treatment options.
      • Interpret the presenting issues, assumptions, theories related to these disorders.
      • Discuss the treatment options
      • Explain how causes of disorders interact and impact on development of disorders.
    4. Develop an awareness of prevalent disorders in children and adolescents and the issues involved in the treatment and assessment of emotional and behavioral orders in children and adolescents.
      • Define basic concepts in Abnormal Child Psychology.
      • State basic facts associated with diagnosis, prognosis, assessment and treatment of emotional and behavioral orders in children and adolescents.
    5. Understand the rationale for defining what is “normal” vs. “abnormal” mental health in children and adolescents, and the types of disorders in this population.
      • Identify the key characteristics for disorders in children and adolescents.
      • Describe the causes, etiology and approaches to treatment for disorders in children and adolescents.
    6. Apply and analyze the theories and concepts in Abnormal Child Psychology that are related to diagnosis, causes, etiology and treatment options.
      • Interpret the presenting issues, assumptions theories related to these disorders in in children and adolescents.
      • Compare and contrast the similarities and differences in types of disorders in children and adolescents, and the treatment options
      • Discuss possible causes and treatment options for these disorders.
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exam 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

  7. Course Outline
    Topic
    • Introduction to Normal and Abnormal Behavior in Children and Adolescents
    • Theories and Causes
    • Intellectual Disability (Intellectual Development Disorder)
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders and Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia
    • Communication and Learning Disorders
    • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Conduct Problems
    • Trauma and Stressor related Disorders
    • Depressive and Bipolar Disorders
    • Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

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