Psychology | Abnormal Psychology
P324 | 3825 | Holtzworth-Munroe, A


This course considers the nature of psychological and behavioral
disorders.  A 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.
Different theories of psychological disorders will be reviewed, with a
discussion of the 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 text material 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 extra credit quizzes. Instructor:
The instructor conducts research on husband violence 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.