PSY 341H1S, L5101
PSYCHOPATHOLOGIES OF CHILDHOOD
Course Outline, Summer 2013
Instructor: Dr. Hywel Morgan; (email) [email protected]
Teaching Assistants: Maria Chaparro; (email) [email protected]
Robin Nguyen; (email) [email protected]
Class Meeting: MW 6-9pm; SS Room 1073
This course will consider issues in behavior disorders of childhood and adolescence including
etiology, classification and assessment. Contributions from both theoretical and clinical
perspectives to the understanding of developmental psychopathology will be considered. The
course will be divided into 5 parts: 1) basic issues, 2) methods of evaluation, 3) clinical syndromes
of infancy and early childhood, 4) clinical syndromes of middle childhood, 5) clinical syndromes of
Lectures willbe 3 hours long, supplemented with filmpresentations.
Text: Wicks-Nelson, R. & Israel, A.C. (2013) Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology, 8/e.
Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
This comprehensive, research-based introduction to childhood behavior disorders presents a
sensitive and thorough examination of the field—covering its central issues, theoretical and
methodological underpinnings, descriptions and discussions of numerous disorders, clinical and
research information, and treatment approaches. Rich with illustrations and examples, it highlights
the newest areas of research and clinical work within the various disorders; stresses empirically
supported treatments and the prevention of behavior problems; and keeps students on top of
current social concerns, including the effects of child abuse and divorce on children.
Evaluation: The grade for the course will be based on two exams and three short written
• Mid-term exam (1½ hrs), July 17 (35%)
• Final exam (TBA) (50%)
• One page assignment (3 x 5% each) (15%)
July 3 - First day of class.
July 8 - Last day to add this course to your schedule.
July 17 - Examination timetable posted for this course.
July 29 - Last date to drop this course without academic penalty.
August 5 - Civic holiday; University closed.
August 12 - Allcourse work must be submitted. August 13-16 Final Exams.
Outline: Lecture Readings Video
July 3 Introduction Ch. 1 Behavior Disorders of Childhood
July 8 Developmental Psych Ch. 2, 3 The Developing Child
PART 2 Psychological Hazards in Infancy
July 10 Classification & (25 mins)
assessment Ch. 5
July 15 Methods of evaluation &
intervention Ch. 5 (con’t)
July 17 MID-TERM EXAM
Intro to clinical syndromes (DSM-4)
July 22 Autism & schizophrenia Ch. 12 Behavioral Treatment of Autistic Children (60
Additional reading: Gillberg & Ehlers
(1998). High functioning people with autism
and Asperger syndrome, in Current Issues in
July 24 Attention deficit disorder Ch. 9 Help! This Kid is Driving me Crazy.
Mental retardation Ch. 11 (30 mins)
Additional reading: Johnestone, et al. (2012).
Neurocognitive training for children with and
without AD/HD, in Attention Deficit and
July 29 Conduct disorder Ch. 8 The Trouble with Evan (2 hrs.)
July 31 Conduct disorder (con’t) The Columbine Tragedy (CBS 48 Hours)
Additional reading: Hill (2005). Conduct
disorders, in Psychiatry
Aug 5 CIVIC HOLIDAY
PART 5 Aug 7 Disorders of adolescence
& Drug Abuse Ch. 15 Black Tar Heroin (America Undercover)
Additional reading: Darke (2011). The mid
to late teens: commencing heroin use. in the
Life of the Heroin User
Aug 12 Mood disorders