PSY 220 - Abnormal Psychology

Course Description

The nature of abnormal behavior, its etiology and classification together with a brief examination of treatment methods are emphasized. Psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic-existential, and sociocultural perspectives will be considered.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Describe and compare ambiguities inherent in the psychological and cultural definitions of abnormality.
Identify and describe major historical and current theoretical perspecitves regarding the causation of abnormal behavior and explain how each is regarded in society.
Identify and describe the major mental disorders and summarize the diagnostic criteria for each.
Define and give examples of key terms and research methods used in studying abnormal psychology.
Identify and describe the titles, training, and responsibilities of professionals working in the field of mental health.
List and describe the major treatment methods of mental disorders.
Identify major legal and ethical challenges in which law and abnormal psychology intersect.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3


Course Prerequisites: PSY 140