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Abnormal Psychology

PSY 241W

Abnormal Psychology

PSY 241W

Course Description

Prerequisite: PSY 211 with grade of "C" or better. An examination of symptoms and treatment of psychological disorders, including the psychodynamic, behavioral, humanistic, and neuroscience views of abnormal behavior. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Assess abnormal psychology as a field of psychology, including its historical and present context.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the standards used to identify abnormal behavior.
  • Discuss the historical views and treatments of abnormal behavior.

Compare and contrast models of psychological abnormality, and associated treatments.

Objectives:

  • Define the major models of abnormal psychology: psychodynamic, cognitive, humanistic, behavioral, and biological.
  • Describe the major models of psychological treatments: psychodynamic, cognitive, humanistic, behavioral, and biological.

Examine the anxiety disorders, including symptoms and treatments.

Objectives:

  • Describe the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder, phobic disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder in accordance with DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition).
  • Identify effective treatments for each of the anxiety disorders.

Examine the mood disorders, including symptoms and treatments.

Objectives:

  • Describe the symptoms of dysthymic disorder, major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder.
  • Identify effective treatments for each of the mood disorders.

Examine problems of the mind-body connection.

Objectives:

  • Identify the somatoform disorders, including the symptoms and treatments associated with these disorders.
  • Identify the eating disorders, including the symptoms and treatments associated with these disorders.
  • Identify the substance-related disorders, including the symptoms and treatments associated with these disorders.
  • Identify the sexual and gender disorders, including the symptoms and treatments associated with these disorders.
  • Identify the psychosomatic disorders, including the symptoms and treatments associated with these disorders.

Examine the psychotic disorders, including symptoms and treatments.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the symptoms of schizophrenia, and the delusional disorders.
  • Identify the treatments for the psychotic disorders.

Examine the personality and dissociative disorders, including symptoms and treatments.

Objectives:

  • Identify the ten personality disorders.
  • Discuss the salient symptoms for each of the personality disorders, and identify potential treatments.
  • Identify the dissociative disorders.
  • Discuss the symptoms of dissociative amnesia, dissociative fugue, and dissociative identity disorder, and identify potential treatments.

Perform writing tasks to promote learning of concepts.

Objectives:

  • Document attainment of skills learned.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the subject.