Psychology | Abnormal Psychology
P324 | 3641 | A. Holtzworth-Munroe


This course considers the nature of psychological and behavioral
disorders.  The primary focus is on the characteristics of the major
psychological disorders and their classification.  The course also
introduces students to the assessment and treatment of some disorders.  In
doing so, different theories of psychological disorders will be reviewed,
with a discussion of the resulting differing explanations of the nature
and origins of disorders and of the differing theoretical proposals for
preventing and treating disorders.  The focus, however, is on empirically
validated theories and interventions.  Thus, discussion is focused on
knowledge that has been gained from psychological research on each
disorder, rather than on theories that have not received empirical
support.  In this context, issues related to research methodology are also
discussed.
Format: Lecture, covering material the text and additional material for
which students are responsible.  When appropriate, additional materials
(e.g., videotapes, case examples, and guest lectures) will be used.
Grading: Not fully determined at this time.  Based primarily on exams,
with some credit for contributions to class discussion and an active
learning environment (e.g., questions).
Instructor: The instructor conducts research on husband violence, works in
areas of marital and family relationships, and has a background of
training in cognitive-behavioral approaches to psychological problems.
Office hours to be announced in class.
Prerequisites: P101 and P102, or P151 and P152, or P106