This course will provide students with an overview of child and adolescent psychopathlogy. This course covers various forms of abnormal behavior found in infancy, childhood, and adolescence - examined within the context of psychological theories. We will examine etiology (causes), symptoms, classification, and treatment of various childhood/adolescent psychological disorders.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
Included in the above will be students’ ability to: demonstrate an understanding of the DSM-IV taxonomy of child and adolescent behavioral disorders; critically review the literature as it pertains to the strengths and weaknesses of the DSM-IV taxonomy of child and adolescent behavioral disorders; communicate an awareness of how co-morbidity and family dynamics frequently complicate clinical presentation and significantly influence outcome; and express an appreciation for how cultural and gender issues may interact with diagnostic criteria for the various child/adolescent psychopathology disorders.
And – MOST important: learn the material that will specifically benefit YOU in your future career as a psychologist!
NOTE - full syllabus will be provided in the Welcome/Introduction section.