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PSYC3062 The development of anxiety in children and adolescents

Module Overview

This module will facilitate the development of a critical understanding of key topics on emotional development and the development of emotional disorder in childhood and adolescence, with a specific focus on the emergence of anxious affect. The module will develop students’ transferable skills to work independently and in groups and to communicate their understanding of this area of research orally and in written form.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The unit will introduce students to broad issues related to emotional development and emotional disorder and those specific to anxiety in children and adolescents. By the end of the module students should be able to demonstrate and communicate critical thinking both in writing and verbally in key topic areas in the study of emotional development and the development of anxious affect in children and adolescents.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • The development of theory and research in the study of emotional development and emotional disorder in children and adolescence, with a specific focus on anxiety
  • Critical thinking and analysis.
  • Effective organization of material for written work and oral presentation.
  • Debate and discussion.
  • Self-reflection and evidencing that learning outcomes have been met.


Week Indicative topic 1 Emotions and emotional development 2 Emotional development and development and psychopathology 3 Risk and resilience: genetic risk 4 Risk and resilience: Environmental risk 5 Risk and resilience: Cognitive frameworks 1 6 Risk and resilience: Cognitive frameworks 2 8 READING WEEK 9 Separation anxiety and panic 9 Specific phobias 10 Social anxiety disorder 11 Prevention 12 Intervention

Special Features

(1) Each session will be recorded for student to use for revision. (2) Students will have the opportunity to give and receive feedback from their peer group. (3) Students will have the opportunity to reflect on and allocate a mark to their own work. (4) Students will learn to manage discussion within and between small groups and communicate key points to the audience.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The first two sessions in this module will introduce students to emotional development and developmental psychopathology. Each subsequent weekly session will consist of a 30 minute introduction to a topic within this field of research. Students will then work in groups of 10 to present key empirical papers to highlight a specific issue within an area of research in emotional disorders in development. The presentation group will finish their talk by highlighting a series of discussion questions that the rest of the group will discuss and then bring back to the main group.

Preparation for scheduled sessions2
Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Indicative reading: Journals: Clinical. â€¢ Archives of General Psychiatry • Annual Review of Clinical Psychology • Applied Developmental Psychology • Anxiety Stress and Coping • Behaviour Genetics • Behaviour Research and Therapy • Biological Psychiatry • British Journal of Clinical psychology • Child and Adolescent Mental Health • Clinical Child Psychology • Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry • Clinical Child and Family psychology Review • Child Psychiatry and Human Development • Clinical Psychology Review • Depression and Anxiety • Development and Psychopathology • Emotion • European Child and Adolescent psychiatry • Journal of Abnormal Psychology • Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology • Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry • Journal of Affective Disorders • Journal of Anxiety Disorders • Journal of Child Psychology and Adolescent Psychology • Journal of Clinical Child Psychology • Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology • Journal of Paediatric Psychology • Nature Neuroscience Review

Hudziak, J.J. (2008). Developmental Psychopathology and wellness. 

Lewis, M. (2013). Rise of Consciousness and the Development of Emotional Life. 

Nadel, J., & Muir, D. (2007). Emotional development. 

Indicative reading: Journals: Developmental. â€¢ British Journal of Developmental Psychology • British Journal of Educational Psychology • Child Development • Cognitive Development • Developmental Psychobiology • Developmental Psychology • Developmental Review • Developmental Science • Human Development • Infant Behaviour and Development • Infant Child and Development • Journal of Experimental Child Psychology • Journal of Family Psychology • Society for Research in Child Development Monographs

Beidel, D.C. & Turner, S.M. (2011). Childhood anxiety disorders. 

Stallard, P. (2008). Anxiety. Cognitive behaviour therapy with children and young people.. 

Mash, E.J. & Barkley, R.A. (Eds.) (2007). Assessment of childhood disorders. 

Appleton, P. (2008). Children's anxiety.. 

Kendler, K.S., Kendler, S.R. & Romer, D. (2011). The dynamic genome and mental health. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1500 words) 60%
Group Oral Presentation 10%
Group Presentation and discussion management 29%
Research Participation 1%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: PSYC2007

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