PSYCH 877 - Psychopathology through the Lifespan I
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This 3-credit seminar offers an advanced introduction to the field of child and adolescent psychopathology. We will review contemporary theoretical approaches to understanding the phenomenology, diagnosis, etiology, developmental course, and prevention of major behavior disorders in childhood and adolescence. Core emphases include:

  1. Conceptual understanding — This fascinating field has been densely researched and the pace of knowledge growth is very rapid. Therefore, a key objective is to develop a vocabulary of conceptual tools that allow one to think critically about the nature of psychopathology in childhood and adolescence;
  2. Developmental systems framework — The significance of children’s symptoms cannot be understood apart from the developmental and social contexts in which they occur; thus, we will emphasize complex theoretical approaches that integrate biological, psychological, and social influences as they unfold in developmental space and time (e.g., developmental psychopathology models; models based on general systems theories);
  3. Integration of clinical- and research-based knowledge — The importance of integrating research and clinical thinking is strongly emphasized, e.g., using clinical phenomenology to enrich one’s understanding of research issues (first person accounts, case studies), and using research knowledge to inform our ability to treat or prevent childhood disorders; and
  4. Child gender — The overwhelming significance of gender in the development and expression of psychopathology.
PSYCH 877 - Psychopathology through the Lifespan I
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001 (SEM)
Tu 11:00AM - 2:00PM
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