Psychology and Brain Sciences | Abnormal Psychology
P324 | 13726 | Holtzworth-Munroe

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

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.