PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
S2E 2012 PE
Jenkins, Christina E.
Adjunct Professor of Psychology & Sociology
M.A. Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine UniversityB.A. Public Relations with Sociology emphasis, Pepperdine University
Before/after class with an appointment
March - May
5:00 - 10:25 PM
There are two (2) texts for the
Comer, R. J. (2010). Abnormal Psychology (7th ed.).
New York: Worth Publishers. 1. ISBN-10 1-4292-3920-4
E. E., & Comer, R. J. (2002). Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology.
New York: Worth Publishers. ISBN
can be purchased through the MBS bookstore.
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problems in receiving textbooks in a timely manner that are purchased
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website will be used for assignments in the class.
Please book mark for easy reference.
This is an accelerated course so you will be required
to bring your books and materials to the FIRST class meeting. Homework and quizzes begin the first week of
class based on of the assigned reading materials. Please plan accordingly.
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
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Educational Philosophy: A variety of instructional
methods will be used in this course - possibilities include: lectures, guest
speakers, small and large group discussions, brainstorming, multi-media,
role-play, debates, demonstrations, games, case studies, group activity
projects, hands-on class participation activities and a variety of readings, as
well as lab/field work and assignments to be completed outside of class.
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:
The final course
grade will be determined using the following measurements:
Evaluation/Participation and Preparation:
Each student will be assessed on his/her
contribution to the lectures, discussion, debates, and class time
In addition, course notes found in
eCompanion will need to be printed out and brought to class each week as well
as other requested materials.
Attendance (students who do not make
contact with instructor prior to class will be given an unexcused
absence). In addition, student will lose all participation points for an
2. Homework Assignments/Quizzes: In lieu of a midterm exam, the
student will complete 6 weekly Homework assignments, which will consist of
end of chapter review questions and case study questions. The purpose of
these assignments is to ensure familiarity with the literature and to maximize
participation in class. Assignments will
be posted by students on appointed due dates in a word.doc via the Dropbox in
3. Weekly Presentation on Chapter
classes 2 through 7, each student will be expected to give a brief presentation
on a concept from that week’s reading. These
presentations are to be written, logical and organized. More details will follow the first day of
class. Assignments will be posted by
students on appointed due dates in a word.doc via the Dropbox in eCompanion.
4. Comprehensive Final Examination: The final will be primarily a
multiple choice type examination with a few short response essay questions.
5. Literature Review
the course are based on the number of points earned by the last day of
class including the results of the final exam. Adjustments on individual
assignments/tests are rare and at the
instructor’s discretion. It is
each student’s responsibility to keep track of his/her own total points and to
increase performance during the semester if additional points are needed for
the grade he/she wishes to earn in the course.
Item / Assignment
wks x 30 pts= 180 pts
Presentation on Chap. Topics (18%) 6 wks x30 pts =180 pts
Assessment/ Literature Review (25%)
Assessment Presentation and Outline (6%)
and Preparation (8%)
wks x 8 pts = 80 pts
1000 - 900
899 - 800
799 - 700
699 - 600
Less than 600
Assessment/ Literature Review:
Park University courses are required to include a Core Assessment in order to
measure the specific Departmental Learning Outcomes for each course. The Core Assessment for PS 401
is a 10-page research paper using empirical research and the APA format. The
research paper provides an opportunity to explore the important research on a
specific disorder in Abnormal Psychology, demonstrate the appropriate use of
abnormal concepts and terminology, discuss the ethical and responsible use of
the DSM-IV, evaluate theories and treatments of psychopathology, and to
identify the historical and cultural context of psychopathology.
a topic for your research paper from a chapter that we will study this
term. When selecting the topic, it is important to keep in mind that
empirical research can be found on the Areas of Focus listed below.
Paper needs to be a minimum of 10 pages of text—title and
reference pages are in addition to the 10
Paper needs to have a minimum of 10
references from full-text, empirical research journals.
needs to be organized using section headings so the information can be easily
Research Paper must follow the APA format—title, abstract, reference page, 1
inch margins, running heads, proper reference format, etc. See the
following website for more information:
Paper is to reflect college-level work. Proofreading is expected.
All Areas of Focus need to be supported with empirical
Describe the disorder you are researching.
2. 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
3. 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.
4. 4 D’s—DISTRESS, DEVIANCE, DYSFUNCTION AND
Describe the disorder according to the level of Distress,
Deviance, Dysfunction and Danger for a person diagnosed with this disorder.
5. MODELS OF ABNORMALITY THAT EXPLAIN THE
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.
Discuss the prognosis for a person with this disorder.
Give a brief synopsis of the disorder and conclude with
what current research is being conducted to further understand and/or treat
RUBRIC for the Core
250 points possible; below is the basic outline for the Term Paper.
APA Format utilized and followed (40 points total)
• Title Page- 4 points
• Abstract Page- 4 points
• Body of paper - 12 points
• Reference Page* -20 points
used within the text are cited on the reference page and consistency in how you
have cited the references. In addition, if the reference is used in the paper
there should be a listing in the Reference Page and vice versa.
Body of Paper: (160 points total)
in a professional
(non-conversational) manner. Professional writing includes, but is not
limited to, the use of complete sentences, clear topic statements and
supporting sentences, research or evidenced based rationales instead of
unsupported opinions, transition sentences across paragraphs, integrating
information from multiple sources, demonstrating multiple applications of
critical thinking, and a concluding paragraph.
Points equally discussed; smooth transitions between points; convincing
arguments made; points supported with references.
properly cited within text.
Section is worth the point value as follows:
1. Abstract- 10 points
2. Description- 20 points
3. Historical and Cultural Contexts- 20
4. DSM-IV Application- 20 points
5. 4 D’s- 20 points
6. Models of Abnormality- 20 points
7. Treatments- 20 points
8. Prognosis- 20 points
9. Summary- 10 points
Length of overall paper. (30 points total):
should be a minimum of 10 pages in length (plus Title and Reference pages).
Spelling and Grammar. (20 points total)
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Student is responsible for reading all course material before attending class.
Student is responsible for buying the course books that are to be brought to the first day of class.
Each week’s work must be completed by the end of the week. Assignments will be considered late if they are posted to eCompanion past the time and date it is due.
All work turned in after the week it was due is considered late, unless you have contacted me before the due date and explained of any special circumstances. I will then decide whether the “special” circumstances are sufficient for late work. Late work carries an automatic 50% penalty.
Late work is to be the exception and not a persistent pattern.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Phone/Pagers: These items are to be placed in the
silent, vibrate, or off mode during class. Use of these devices in class
(e.g., text messaging) is both rude and disrespectful.
compliance with Park University’s policy, students will be dropped from the
course after two consecutive unexcused absences.
Be Respectful (both inside and outside of the
actual classroom): As a student in this class, you should know upfront
that you will encounter new ideas, topics, images and discussions, which may
challenge your worldview. Some students may find this information
personally offensive, uncomfortable, distasteful, or upsetting. Because
the field of psychology addresses positive, neutral and negative aspects of
human and animal behavior, we will discuss a broad range of topics that may not
be pleasant for everyone. Please be respectful to your classmates and
your instructor. Debates on relevant issues are encouraged, however
no one should engage in personal attacks inside or outside of the classroom.
Our course follows the general schedule in the table below.
Reading Assignment Due
Wed. March 21st/ Week 1
Course overview and Intro to Abnormal Psychology
Homework Due March 26 NLT 11:59 pm PST
Wed. March 28th/ Week 2
Ch. 5 & 6
Anxiety Disorders & Stress Disorders
Homework Due April 2nd NLT 11:59 pm PST
Wed. April 4th/ Week 3
Ch. 7 & 8
Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders & Mood Disorders
Homework Due April 9th, NLT 11:59 pm PST
Wed. April 11th/ Week 4
Ch. 11 &12
Eating Disorders & Substance-Related Disorders
Homework Due April 16th, NLT 11:59 pm PST
Wed. April 18th/ Week 5
Ch. 13 & 14
Sexual Disorders and Gender Identity Disorder & Schizophrenia
Lit. Review and Homework Due April 23rd, NLT 11:59 pm PST
Wed. April 25th / Week 6
Ch. 16 & 10
Personality Disorders & Suicide
Homework Due April 30th, NLT 11:59 pm PST
Wed. May 2nd/ Week 7
Ch. 17 & 18
Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence & Disorders of Aging and Cognition
Study for Final Exam
Wed. May 9th/ Week 8
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Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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Last Updated:2/16/2012 2:44:50 PM