PSY 3450: Abnormal Psychology


This course is an overview of the theories, concepts, and research related to abnormal behaviors. The specific topics covered in this class include: history of abnormal psychology, symptoms of abnormal behaviors, causes of abnormal behaviors; characteristics and classification of major abnormalities; and intervention strategies.


  1. Distinguish abnormal psychology and psychopathology from other areas of psychology.
  2. Demonstrate how the field of psychology defines and diagnoses specific mental disorders.
  3. Analyze the importance of recognizing cultural bias and using scientific research to establish the validity of approaches to understanding and treating psychopathology.
  4. Compare the contributions of nature and nurture in the development of abnormal behavior.
  5. Examine the history of institutional treatment of mental disorders as a context for current treatments.
  6. Analyze current treatments for mental illness.
  7. Assess the validity of the theories underlining the current treatments for mental illness.
  8. Classify and compare the assessment techniques used in the diagnosis of mental illness.
  9. Examine the etiology, epistemology, symptoms, classifications and diagnosis, and treatment of the various disorders.
  10. Summarize legal issues associated with mental health and assess the impact on care delivery.


  1. PSY 1010


Abnormal psychology, DSM-5 update (Rev: 12)

Publisher: Wiley (2014)
Author: Kring, A. M., & Johnson, S. L.
ISBN: 9781118640883
Price: $100.97

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