2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog 
    Oct 01, 2023  
2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

PSY 266 - Abnormal Psychology

Description: Introduction to psychopathology, the scientific study of mental disorders.  Assumes an integrative approach incorporating the contributions of genetic, neuroscience, behavioral, cognitive, emotions, cultural, social, and interpersonal factors in the exploration of the dimensions of psychopathology.  Survey of symptoms, classification, prevalence, etiology, and treatment of the DSM-5 mental disorders including anxiety, mood, somatoform, dissociative, eating, sexual dysfunction, personality, schizophrenia, neurodevelopmental, and neurocognitive disorders.  

Prerequisites: PSY 101.

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Abnormal behavior in historical context
  2. An Integrative approach to psychopathology
  3. Clinical assessment, diagnosis, and research in psychopathology
  4. Anxiety, trauma and stressor related disorders, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  5. Mood disorders and suicide
  6. Somatoform and dissociative disorders
  7. Physical disorders and health psychology
  8. Eating and sleep-wake disorders
  9. Sexual dysfunction, paraphilic disorders, and gender dysphoria
  10. Substance-related, addictive and impulse-control disorders
  11. Personality disorders
  12. Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
  13. Neurodevelopmental and neurocogntive disorders
  14. Mental health services - legal and ethical considerations

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Describe, contrast, and critique different historical and contemporary ways of defining abnormal behavior, including the maladaptive definition utilized by the DSM-5. (1, 3)
  2. Distinguish myths and misconceptions from research evidence regarding mental disorders, applying research findings to promote understand, diagnosis, etiology, prognosis, and treatment of mental disorders. (1, 3)
  3. Identify core symptoms of the major categories of mental disorders listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5). (4-13)
  4. Differentiate the major contemporary perspectives (Behavioral, Cognitive, Evolutionary, Humanistic, Psychodynamic, and Sociocultural) and how each perspective provides a theoretical foundation to explain the development and treatment of mental disorders. (2, 3)
  5. Specify components (observation, diagnostic interview, psychometric tests, projectives, and self-report measures) of clinical assessment of mental disorders. (3-13)
  6. Analyze the balance of institutional and community-based mental health care for various mental disorders. (1, 2, 14)
  7. Discuss ethical and legal considerations in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, emphasizing concepts such as involuntary commitment, deinstitutionalization, major insanity defense rulings, the Tarasoff ruling, and confidentiality. (14)