Abnormal Child Psychology

Abnormal Child Psychology


This course aims to give students an overview of the various theoretical approaches to child psychopathology and a holistic understanding of the (i) possible cause, (ii) progression, (iii) symptoms & diagnosis and (iv) treatment of mental disorders specific to the development of children and adolescents and age specific onset.


Learning Outcomes:

Learning outcomes
The learner will:
Assessment criteria
The learner can:
1. Have a basic understanding of the
different major theoretical approaches to understanding abnormal child psychology
1.1 State and define different theoretical assumptions and approaches (a multidimensional approach) to psychopathology
1.2 Differentiate basic concepts/ principles underpinning these different approaches
Integrate and Apply these approaches flexibly
2. Explain the clinical aspects and application to mental health and ASD, Intellectual Disability, Communication and Learning Disorders, Conduct Disorder, and Trauma and Stress-related disorders. 2.1 State the process of clinical assessment and diagnosis within different types of psychopathology.
2.2 Understand the etiology and interventions of various clinical disorders.
3. Learn how research has supported current findings of abnormal child psychology. 3.1 Utilize empirically based findings to support existing concepts on abnormal child psychology.


Course Outline

Topics in Part 1
  • Abnormal Behavior in Historical Context
  • An Integrative Approach to Psychopathology
  • Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis and Research in Psychopathology
  • Anxiety, Trauma- and Stressor- Related and Obsessive- Compulsive and Related Disorders
  • Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders and Dissociative Disorders
  • Mood Disorders and Suicide
  • Physical Disorders and Health Psychology
  • Eating and Sleep-Wake Disorders
  • Sexual Disorders, Gender Dysphoria, and Paraphilic Disorders
  • Substance-Related, Addictive and Impulse-Control Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental and Neurocognitive Disorders
  • Mental Health Services: Legal and Ethical Issues
Topics in Part 2
  • 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
  • Conduct Problems
  • Trauma and Stressor related Disorders


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