PSYC.2720.206: Abnormal Psychology - Siegel


Richard Siegel, Ph.D.

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PSYC.2720.206: Abnormal Psychology

An introduction to the study of various patterns of mental, behavioral, and personality disorders with consideration of issues of diagnosis, etiology, and treatment in terms of contemporary theory, research, and practice.


Course Objectives

  • Employ various criteria for distinguishing normal from abnormal
  • Explain why thinking of abnormality in terms of "diagnosis" and "disease" can be problematic
  • Describe the current diagnostic system used by mental health professionals and explain its limitations
  • List the key characteristics associated with many of the major patterns of psychological dysfunction
  • Apply diagnostic criteria to specific cases
  • Describe various scientific methods that add to our understanding of psychopathology
  • Describe some of the current research that is shedding light on how psychological problems develop
  • Describe different possible approaches in treatment and how their effectiveness is assessed
  • Think critically and empirically about a number of contemporary debates and controversies in the field