At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Discuss criteria used to define abnormal behavior, and various
methods used to study abnormal behavior, including the naturalistic,
observation method, the correlation method, the experimental method,
kinship studies, the epidemiological method, and the case-study
2. Distinguish among the following contemporary perspectives on
abnormal behavioral: biological, psychodynamic, learning based,
humanistic, cognitive, and sociocultural.
3. Describe approaches used by investigators to demonstrate
the reliability and validity of classification and methods of
4. Summarize the findings of research into the effectiveness of
psychotherapy in general and specific therapeutic approaches in
5. Explain the significance of stress factors in health and illness, and
discuss some of the psychological factors that moderate stress.
6. Define and describe generalized anxiety disorder, and be able to
identify various treatment approaches.
7. Describe the major features of the dissociative and somatoform
disorders and recount various theoretical perspectives for both.
8. Distinguish between normal and abnormally depressed moods, define
the term "mood disorder" and discuss the incidence of suicide and
theoretical perspectives on its causes.
9. Compare and contrast the three research clusters of personality
disorders: paranoid, schizoid, and schizotypol personality disorder.
10. Differentiate between psychological and physiological dependence and
describe the physical and psychological effects of depressants,
stimulants, and hallucinogens.
11. Describe the diagnostic features of anorexia, bulimia, obesity,
and sleep disorders; and discuss the prevalence and treatment for
12. Describe sociocultural factors involved in classifying sexual
behaviors as normal or abnormal.
13. Discuss theoretical perspectives and schizophrenia, including the
psychodynamic learning, biological, and family theories in the
development of schizophrenia.
14. Identify ways of determining what is "normal" and what is "abnormal" in
childhood and adolescent development.
15. Discuss developmental types, theoretical perspectives,
and interventions for learning disorders.
16. Discuss the basic features of dementia and the relationship between
dementia and normal aging.
17. Differentiate among biological, social-cognitive, and socioculture
perspectives in explaining human aggression.
18. Outline the legal procedures for psychiatric commitment and the
safeguards to prevent abuse of psychiatric commitment.
I. Introduction and Research Methods
II. Contemporary Perspectives on Abnormal Behavior
III. Classification and Assessment of Abnormal Behavior
IV. Methods of Treatment
V. Stress, Psychological Factors and Health
VI. Anxiety Disorders
VII. Dissociate and Somatoform Disorders
VIII. Mood Disorders and Suicide
IX. Personality Disorders
X. Substance Abuse and Dependence
XI. Eating Disorders, Obesity, and Sleep Disorders
XII. Gender Identity Disorder, Paraphilia, and Sexual Dysfunctions
XIII. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
XIV. Abnormal Behavior
XV. Cognitive Disorders and Disorders Relating to Aging
XVI. Violence and Abuse
XVII. Abnormal Psychology and Society
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Abnormal Psychology. 2nd ed. Ray, William. Sage. 2018