PSYC 350 Fall 2012 Child Psychopathology

This course explores the rapidly evolving field of psychological disorders in childhood and adolescence. We will examine the intertwined effects of individual characteristics (e.g., genetics, neurobiological factors), relationship processes (e.g., parenting, family functioning, peers), community settings (e.g., schools, neighborhoods), and the broader cultural context (e.g., poverty, stigma, media). Using a developmental framework, we will examine the emergence and maintenance of specific psychological disorders, as well as variations in how children cope with cataclysmic stressors (chronic illness, physical and sexual abuse). The goals of this course include (1) appreciation of the dynamic interplay between biology and experience in the unfolding of psychopathology, (2) exploration of diagnostic criteria and phenomenology of specific disorders, and (3) exposure to a wide range of research-based strategies for prevention and intervention.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: classroom participation, response papers, midterm, final paper
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Prerequisites: Psychology 232 or 252
Enrollment Preference: Psychology majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: PHLH Maternal and Child Health,PSYC Area 5 - Clinical Psychology
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1273
PSYC350-01(F) SEM Child Psychopathology Division 2: Social Studies Marlene J. Sandstrom
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Bronfman 105 1273
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