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PSYC3053 Developmental Psychopathology

Module Overview

The module aims to enhance students' knowledge about current theories and research in the area of developmental psychopathology.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To critically present current theories and research in the area of developmental psychopathology; To describe the major mental disorders that affect infants, children and adolescents and their classification and assessment; To present current approaches to understanding the aetiology and maintenance of these disorders; To address strengths and limitations of the developmental psychopathology approach in general; To show how current clinical practice is informed by theory and empirical evidence.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify the major mental disorders that affect infants, children and adolescents and critically discuss their classification and assessment.
  • Discuss current approaches to understanding the aetiology and maintenance of these disorders.
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of the developmental psychopathology approach, which seeks to understand patterns of adaptation and maladaptation across the lifespan.
  • Discuss how current clinical practice is informed by theory in developmental psychology.

Syllabus

In discussing theoretical perspectives, there will be an emphasis on the dynamic interplay between genetic (and epigenetic), psychological, social, cognitive, emotional, and cultural influences. The importance of early experiences and the complexities of risk processes and protective factors will be addressed. The module will cover a range of typical disorders of childhood and adolescence (eg Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Anxiety) and will also discuss less common problems including Attachment related disorders and behavioural patterns following early deprivation. Issues relating to assessment and research methods will be critically discussed.

Special Features

None.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The initial sessions will be led by the instructors introducing the class to the main themes and issues in developmental psychopathology. In subsequent weeks, the sessions will divide into two parts. In the first part of the session the instructor will give a general introduction to a specific topic (e.g., ADHD, autism, etc.). In the second part of the session, students will present and lead discussion on key research papers linked to this topic. The course aims to encourage student participation and active learning.

TypeHours
Teaching24
Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Lecture outlines. Lectures are intended to provide a basic introduction to each topic and should be supplemented with independent research into topics of interest. See lecture outlines for specific readings and suggested articles

Journals. Journals in the library (and available on-line) will enable you to look at the most recent research in the study of developmental psychopathology. These include: • Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology • Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry • Development and Psychopathology • Child Development • Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry • Developmental Psychology.

Kerig, P K; Ludlow, A; Wenar, C. (2012). Developmental Psychopathology: From Infancy through Adolescence. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Students will be assessed on the basis of their group presentation (19%), an individual poster on a topic unrelated to their group presentation (20%), a final exam (60%) in which students are asked to answer two questions out of a choice of six, and research participation (1%). Students should sign up through Psychobook to take part in psychological experiments and receive credits for research participation.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 60%
Group presentation 19%
Individual Poster 20%
Research Participation 1%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: PSYC2007 Developmental Psychology or PSYC2006 Behavioural Neuroscience or PSYC3002 Current Issues in Clinical Psychology

Pre-requisites

To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

CodeModule
SOCI2020Research Skills
PSYC2020Empirical Studies II
EDUC2042Research Methods in Education and Psychology 2
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