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 will examine the issues involved in emotional and behavioral issues of children and adolescents. It involves understanding the philosophic bases for defining what is “normal” mental health, the types of underlying assumptions psychologists make about what constitutes “abnormal” mental health and an understanding of the DSM IV- TR approach to classifying psychological and psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. Topics include the nature and causes of maladjustment and mental disorders in children and adolescents, theoretical perspective on abnormal behavior, symptoms and diagnostic criteria for the major mental disorders, theories of etiology and approaches to treatment.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students will have:
    • Develop an awareness of the issues involved in the treatment and assessment of emotional and behavioral orders in children and adolescents.
    • Understand the bases for defining what is “normal” mental health and the types of underlying assumptions psychologists make about what constitutes “abnormal” mental health in children and adolescents.
    •  Explore an overview of the approaches to the treatment of such 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
    • 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
    • Conduct Problems
    • Communication and Learning Disorders
    • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Depressive and Bipolar Disorders
    • Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

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