PSY 3450: Abnormal Psychology


Abnormal Psychology explores the definition of abnormal behavior and causes, classifications, and assessments for psychological disorders.


  1. Demonstrate how the field of psychology defines and diagnoses specific mental disorders.
  2. Distinguish abnormal psychology and psychopathology from other areas of psychology.
  3. Analyze the importance of recognizing cultural bias and scientific research to understand and treat 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 assessment techniques used in the diagnosis of mental illness.
  9. Examine the etiology, epistemology, symptoms, classifications and diagnosis, and treatments of the various disorders.
  10. Summarize legal issues associated with mental health and their impact on care delivery.


  1. PSY 1010


Abnormal psychology: The science and treatment of psychological disorders (Rev: 13th ed.)

Publisher: Wiley (2016)
Author: Kring, A. M., & Johnson, S. L.
ISBN: 978-1118-95398-3
Price: $78.88

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