Course Number & Name:  PSY 225 Child and Adolescent Abnormal Psychology

Credit Hours:  3.0            Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in PSY 101
Concurrent Courses:

Course Description: This course will focus on the etiology, classification, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood disorders.  Emphasizing the developmental aspects of child psychopathology, how children’s and adolescents’ psychological disorders are distinguishable from those of adults will be examined.  Particular attention will also be devoted to understanding how the mental health, education, health care, and juvenile justice systems provide services to children and adolescents with psychological disorders.

<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. discuss the issues relevant to how abnormal behavior in children and adolescents;
  2. describe the various research methods used in studying abnormal child psychology, as well as their advantages and disadvantages;
  3. describe the major theoretical perspectives, paradigms, or models used to study abnormal child psychology;
  4. describe the various clinical procedures used to assess mental disorders in infancy, childhood, and adolescence;
  5. describe the multiaxial system of diagnosing mental disorders in children and adolescents in the Diagnostic and Statistical  Manual of Mental Disorders – Text Revised (DSM-TR), its criticisms, pros and cons of diagnosing, and disorders of childhood and adolescence;
  6. discuss foundational issues associated with interventions for children and adolescents;
  7. discuss the importance of treatment outcome research and its relationship to the development of best practice guidelines; and
  8. describe the respective roles and responsibilities of mental health, healthcare, social service, education, and juvenile justice professionals in working with children and adolescents with psychological disorders.


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