PSY 219 : Abnormal Psychology

Transcript title

Abnormal Psychology

Credits

4

Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total

40

Lecture hours

40

Recommended preparation

WR 060 or minimum placement into WR 065.

Description

Introductory survey of the variety of emotional, mental and behavioral disorders experienced by humans. History, theoretical perspectives, diagnostic criteria and issues, etiology and treatment strategies are covered for the major forms of psychopathology.

Learning outcomes

1. Articulate the historical and philosophical bases for the major approaches to psychological inquiry (e.g., behavioral, cognitive, physiological) as they relate to the scientific study of abnormal behavior.
2. Label and explain the steps of the scientific method, including control conditions, quantifiable dependent measures, identification of independent variables with operational definitions, sampling techniques, subject selection and assignment, and basic procedures. Apply these steps to the main varieties of empirical methodology in the investigation of the processes that contribute to abnormal behavior.
3. Synthesize and critically evaluate information from various sources, including text, lecture, visual media, original research articles and review articles as they apply to the study of abnormal behavior.
4. Analyze the interactions of genetics, cytoplasmic processes, prenatal conditions, perinatal events, parenting styles, societal practices and cultural approaches as they influence an individual's behavior, for both negative and positive outcomes.
5. Examine the historical models for determining and categorizing abnormal behaviors. Critically evaluate each approach's validity and support, as well as contributions to contemporary psychotherapeutic approaches.
6. Identify the major categories of psychological disorders relating to anxiety, panic, obsessions and compulsions, their symptoms, diagnoses, and hypothesized etiology. Critically evaluate the various therapeutic approaches proposed for each, with consideration of which treatment is currently considered optimal. Discuss the short- and long-term physical, cognitive and emotional effects on the individual and the potential impact on society.
7. Identify the major categories of psychological disorders relating to mood, their symptoms, diagnoses, and hypothesized etiology. Critically evaluate the various therapeutic approaches proposed for each, with consideration of which treatment is currently considered optimal. Include discussions of coping strategies employed by affected individuals, including the various forms of suicide. Discuss the short- and long-term physical, cognitive and emotional effects on the individual and the potential impact on society.
8. Identify the major categories of psychological disorders relating to psychosocial and physical disorders, their symptoms, diagnoses, and hypothesized etiology. Critically evaluate the various therapeutic approaches proposed for each, with consideration of which treatment is currently considered optimal. Present the data for the contributions of stressors that are typically encountered, and the effects of the physical, emotional and cognitive adjustments that may be employed. Discuss the short- and long-term impact on the individual and society.
9. Identify the major categories of psychological disorders relating to eating and control issues, their symptoms, diagnoses, and hypothesized etiology. Critically evaluate the various therapeutic approaches proposed for each, with consideration of which treatment is currently considered optimal. Discuss the short- and long-term physical, cognitive and emotional effects on the individual and the potential impact on society.
10. Identify the major categories of psychological disorders relating to sexual behavior and gender identity, their symptoms, diagnoses, and hypothesized etiology. Critically evaluate the various therapeutic approaches proposed for each, with consideration of which treatment is currently considered optimal. Discuss the short- and long-term physical, cognitive and emotional effects on the individual and the potential impact on society.
11. Identify the major categories of psychological disorders relating to schizophrenia and other cognitive processes, including identity, their symptoms, diagnoses, and hypothesized etiology. Critically evaluate the various therapeutic approaches proposed for each, with consideration of which treatment is currently considered optimal. Discuss the short- and long-term physical, cognitive and emotional effects on the individual and the potential impact on society.
12. Identify the major categories of personality disorders, their symptoms, diagnoses, and hypothesized etiology. Critically evaluate the various therapeutic approaches proposed for each, with consideration of which treatment is currently considered optimal. Discuss the short- and long-term physical, cognitive and emotional effects on the individual and the potential impact on society.
13. Identify the major categories of developmental disorders and those relating to the aging process, their symptoms, diagnoses, and hypothesized etiology. Critically evaluate the various therapeutic approaches proposed for each, with consideration of which treatment is currently considered optimal. Discuss the short- and long-term physical, cognitive and emotional effects on the individual and the potential impact on society.
14. Summarize the research regarding the social, cultural and political topics surrounding the legal aspects of abnormal behavior. Articulate the arguments for various controversial issues in a balanced manner that is empirically supported, rather than showing a reliance on opinions only.

General education/Related instruction lists

  • Discipline Studies/Social Science
  • Discipline Studies/Cultural Literacy

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