Psychology | Abnormal Psychology
P324 | 3459 | 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 in 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:  To be determined.  Based primarily on exams.  Sometimes also
use extra credit quizzes.

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.