PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
F2U 2011 LU
Masters of Arts, Clinical PsychologyBachelors of Arts, PsychologyBachelors of Arts, Business Administration
Park University-Luke AFB
before and after each class
October 17th, - 11 Dec 2011
4:50 - 10:10 PM
Intro to Psychology
Comer, R. J. (2010). Abnormal psychology (7th ed.). New York: Worth Publishers.
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
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Additional Resources: American Psychiatric Association (2000). The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed.) (Text Revision). American Psychiatric Association
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Areas of Focus
All Areas of Focus need to be supported with empirical research.
Describe the disorder you are researching.
2. DSM-IV APPLICATION
List the diagnostic criteria for the disorder. Discuss the ethical and responsible use of the DSM-IV in general and with this particular disorder. Cultural influences need to be included in discussion.
3. 4 Ds—DISTRESS, DEVIANCE, DYSFUNCTION AND DANGER
Describe the disorder according to the level of Distress, Deviance, Dysfunction and Danger for a person diagnosed with this disorder.
4. MODELS OF ABNORMALITY THAT EXPLAIN THE ETIOLOGY
Identify at least 2 theoretical models of abnormality that provide an understanding of the etiology for the disorder. Based on the research, discuss which model best explains the etiology.
Identify at least 2 treatments that are currently being used to treat this disorder. Based on the research discuss which treatment is the most effective.
6. HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS
Discuss what have been the historical influences and changes for this disorder in the last 100 years. Describe the cultural influences for the disorder and discuss the occurrence of this disorder in other cultures.
Discuss the prognosis for a person with this disorder.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
1. Describe the different ways of defining abnormality from the perspectives of deviance, distress, dysfunction, and danger.
2. Discuss some of the difficulties of defining a person’s behavior as abnormal.
3. Describe the main modern treatments of abnormality.
4. Describe the ways that ancient peoples, Greeks, Romans, and persons in the age of the Renaissance viewed and treated abnormal behavior.
5. Describe moral treatment.
6. Describe the current treatment of severely disturbed individuals.
7. Discuss the impact of deinstitutionalization on the care and treatment of the severely mentally ill.
8. What is Multicultural Psychology? How does it enhance the clinical practice?
1. Describe the role of clinical researchers in the field of abnormal psychology.
2. Describe the case study, including its uses and limitations (strengths and weaknesses).
3. Describe the correlational method. What is a positive versus a negative versus a null correlation? What are the uses and limitations of correlational research?
4. Describe the experiment. Describe the reasons that experimenters use control groups, random assignment, and blind design.
5. Describe the following alternative experimental designs: quasi-experimental design; natural experiments; analogue experiments; single-subject experiments.
1. Define clinical assessment and discuss the roles of the clinical interview, tests, and observations.
2. Summarize the axis approach of the DSM series and describe the general features of DSM-IV-TR.
3. List the major classification of disorders from Axis I of the DSM-IV-TR.
4. Discuss the dangers of diagnosing and labeling in classifying mental disorders.
5. Discuss types and effectiveness of treatments for mental disorders.
1. Distinguish between fear and anxiety.
2. Describe each of the anxiety disorders and how common these disorders are.
3. Briefly discuss the major theories and treatments for generalized anxiety disorder.
4. Describe the features of panic disorder and list the biological and cognitive explanations and therapies of this disorder.
5. Define phobia; agoraphobia, social phobia, and specific phobia; list the major theories and treatments for phobias.
6. Distinguish between obsessions and compulsions. List the major theories and treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
2. Define stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder, list typical symptoms, and list psychological explanations and treatments for these disorders.
3. Discuss abuse and victimization in terms of stress disorders.
4. Discuss how perceptions of control, personality, mood, and social support affect immune system functioning.
5. Discuss typical psychological treatments for psychophysiological disorders.
1. Define somatoform disorders, including conversion disorders, somatization disorders, and pain disorders.
2. Explain how physicians distinguish between hysterical somatoform disorders and true medical problems.
3. Describe the criteria for diagnosing factitious disorder; include in this discussion Munchausen syndrome and the Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
4. Compare and contrast hypochondriasis and body dysmorphic disorders.
5. Compare and contrast the psychodynamic, cognitive, and behavioral views of somatoform disorders.
6. Describe the general characteristics of the dissociative disorders: dissociative amnesia, dissociative fugue, and dissociative identity disorder.
1. Compare depression and mania while discussing the symptoms of each.
2. Contrast unipolar depression and bipolar disorder while discussing the symptoms of each.
3. Describe the biological, psychological, and sociocultural perspectives of depression.
4. Describe the possible roles of neurotransmitters in unipolar depression.
5. Distinguish among the three diagnostic options for bipolar disorder.
6. Discuss the biological theory of bipolar disorder.
1. Describe the major psychological approaches to treatment of unipolar depression. That is, compare and contrast the psychodynamic, behavioral, and cognitive/cognitive-behavioral approaches to treatment.
2. Describe interpersonal psychotherapy and couple therapy.
3. What are the major biological approaches to unipolar depression? Describe ECT. Compare and contrast early antidepressants to currently used antidepressants.
4. How do the various approaches to treating depression compare?
5. Describe mood stabilizer therapy for bipolar disorder, including issues related to their use and their mechanism of action.
6. Describe adjunctive psychotherapy for bipolar disorder. What is it and why is it important?
1. Define suicide and know the current prevalence.
2. Describe each of the four kinds of people who intentionally end their lives: death seekers, death initiators, death ignorers, and death darers. Also describe the category of subintentional death.
3. Know the effects of cultural factors, race, and sex on suicide rates.
4. Understand the common precipitating factors in suicide.
5. Discuss how mood changes, hopelessness, and dichotomous thinking are related to suicide.
6. Describe the common predictors of suicide.
Film Review Paper
Pick a Film
An Angel at My Table 1990 by Jane Campion
Nuts 1987 star Barbara Streisand
As Good as It Gets 1997
The Aviator 2004
The Deer Hunter 1989
Primal Fear 1996
Send Me No Flowers 1964
The Nutty Professor 1996
Write a brief (3 – 5) page report. Summarize the plot of the film in sufficient detail to demonstrate familiarity, focus paper on the depiction of psychological abnormality. What errors or liberties did the filmmaker make or take? What is the message (implicit or explicit) concerning the mentally ill?
Weekly Learning Objectives 15 points each
Chapter Cross Word Puzzles 10 points each
Class attendance/ Participation
Extra Credit: Worth 10 points
Chapter 3 p. 49 Pick a Model & Answer the Questions Pertaining to that Model.
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149 or less
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Twenty percentage points (20%) will be deducted for late work. If work is not turned in before the end of the class period on the due date.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend all class meetings, be punctual, and participate in class discussions. If a student is unable to complete the class attendance according to university policy, it is his/her responsibility to withdraw from the class. In cases of emergency or illness, students are to contact the instructor immediately and arrange for another student to take notes, pick up any handouts, etc. Any unexcused absence or excessive tardiness will result in lowering your grade by one full letter grade. Allowing students to make-up a missed exam is at the option of the instructor. Points will be deducted for late assignments. The number of points deducted is at the option of the instructor. If you turn in other assignments after the due date, pointes will be deducted from the assignment. Keep in mind that technology problems are not an excuse for late assignments. If you have technology problems i.e. printing etc please make other arrangements like emailing to a fellow student for printing or instructor. Keep electronic copies of all materials. Park University's Policy Statements attached apply to this course. Cheating and plagiarizing will not be tolerated and will result in zero points for that assignment. In order for all students to have opportunities for active participation in class discussions and learning activities, classmates are encouraged to be respectful to their fellow students. Allow all students time to express their ideas and positively encourage comments from others. Students must be assured that any personal information shared with classmates will be considered confidential. All assignments and exams must be completed in order to pass the course.
Abnormal Psychology in Science & Practice
· Abnormal Psychology Past & Present
· Research in Abnormal Psychology
· Models of Abnormal Psychology
· Clinical Assessment
Reading: Chapters 1-4
Do Learning Objective for Chapters 1-2 & 4
Extra Credit: Chapter 3 p. 49 Pick a Model & Answer the Questions Pertaining to that Model
Problems of Stress and Anxiety
· Anxiety Disorders
· Stress Disorders
· Somatoform & Dissociative Disorders
Reading: Chapters 5-7
Do Learning Objective for Chapters 5-7
Problems of Mood
· Mood Disorders
· Treatments for Mood Disorders
Reading: Chapters 8-10
Do Learning Objective for Chapters 8-10
Start Research Paper
Problems of Mind and Body
· Eating Disorders
· Substance-Related Disorders
· Sexual Disorders and Gender Identity Disorders
Reading: Chapters 11-13
Watch one of the films listed for week 4
Write Film Review Paper
Problems of Psychosis
· Treatment for Schizophrenia and Other Severe Mental Disorders
Reading: Chapters 14-15
Film Review Paper Due
Crossword Puzzle Chapter 15
· Personality Disorders
· Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
· Disorders of Aging and Cognition
Reading: Chapters 16-18
Crossword Puzzle Chapter 18
Mental Health Profession
· Law, Society, and the Mental Health Profession
· Final Exam Prep
Reading: Chapters 19
Final Exam Prep
Research Paper Due
Tuesday – 12/06/11
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