PSYC 221 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Provides an introduction to and understanding of behavior disorders and insight into the personality of the disturbed person. Symptoms, contributing factors, treatment, diagnosis, and classification of the mentally ill and the mental defective, as well as the maladjusted person, will be studied. Roles of various members of the mental health team in the prevention, analysis, and rehabilitation of disturbed individuals will be discussed. PREREQUISITE(S): A grade of C or better in PSYC 102 , or consent of department. Three hours each week.
3 semester hours
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:
- Summarize research methods relevant to abnormal psychology.
- Provide a brief historical view of abnormality and contrast with contemporary views.
- Identify various etiological perspectives and their related treatment methods.
- Describe and critique DSM IV classification system.
- Summarize the characteristics of psychological disorders.
- Discuss the individual and social effect of abnormal behaviors.
- Identify potential moral, ethical and legal considerations/conflicts in mental health fields.
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