PSİ 407


Course Title Course Code Program Level
Atypical Child Psychology PSI407 Psychology B.A. / B.Sc.

Course Term
(Course Semester)
Teaching and Learning Methods
Credits
Theory Practice Lab Projects/Field Work Seminars/Workshops Other Total Credits ECTS Credits
07
(Fall)
42 83 125 3 5

Teaching Staff Dr. Başak Alpas
Language of Instruction İngilizce (English)
Type Of Course Elective
Prerequisites No prerequisites
Recommended Optional Programme Component
Course Objectives This course aims to introduce students to the historical development, concepts and the theoretical approaches of the field of the abnormal child psychology from a developmental perspective. The course aims to introduce the most common childhood disorders with case samples within the diagnostic framework of the DSM 5 (APA, 2013).
Course Content This course will be present to students in two major parts: The first part will cover the historical background (origins of child psychopathology etc.), understanding normal and abnormal child behavior from a developmental perspective, theoretical approaches for childhood disorders (cognitive, behavioral, cognitive behavioral, social cognitive, psychodynamic, attachment, and neurobiological), the major risk and protective factors (child resilience) based on the Bronfenbrenner’s ecological model. In the second part; based on the diagnostic criteria of the DSM – 5 (APA, 2013), the major neurodevelopmental [intellectual developmental disorder (IDD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), communication disorders, specific learning disorders (SLD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), internalizing [anxiety, mood, and somatic disorders], and externalizing [conduct and oppositional defiant disorders] disorders will be introduced by their clinical descriptions and features (with case examples), prevalence, onset, etiologies.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Discriminate the normal and abnormal child behavior from a developmental psychopathology perspective: a. Recognition of abnormal behavior as a deviation from the normal path. b. Have a basic knowledge of the historical views of child psychopathology (emergence of child psychopathology as a unique discipline) c. Understanding the continuum of abnormal behavior ranging from mild developmental deviations to more severe disturbances. d. Define the risk, protective, and resilience factors which shape development for better or worse. e. Explain causing and maintaining factors of child such as interaction between child (temperament) and environmental characteristics (family, peers) f. Understanding child psychopathology from different theoretical perspectives (biological, behavioral, cognitive, psychodynamic, attachment, parenting style) 2. Use the DSM 5 (APA, 2013) as a categorical classification system. 3. Describe the main diagnostic criteria, clinical features, prevalence, developmental courses, comorbidity, major etiological theories, and assessment of the childhood disorders based on the DSM 5 diagnostic framework. 4. Distinguish between the childhood and adolescent disorders 5. Differentiate between childhood disorders 6. To gain the skills of being able to case formulation of the disorders depending on the different theoretical accounts.
Mode of Delivery Face to face
Course Outline
Week Topics
1. Week Introduction and Examination of Syllabus
2. Week Abnormal Child Psychology -Clinical Child Psychology
3. Week Diagnostic Framework: DSM 5 (APA, 2013) - Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders- 5th edition.
4. Week Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Intellectual Developmental Disorder
5. Week Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Autism Spectrum Disorder
6. Week Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Communication Disorders
7. Week Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Specific Learning Disabilities
8. Week MID-TERM
9. Week Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder
10. Week Internalizing Disorders: Anxiety Disorders
11. Week Internalizing Disorders: Mood Disorders
12. Week Internalizing Disorders: Somatic Symptoms and Related Disorders
13. Week Externalizing Disorders: Oppositional Defiant Disorder
14. Week Externalizing Disorders: Conduct Disorder
Assessment
  Percentage(%)
Mid-term (%) 40
Quizes (%)
Homeworks/Term papers (%)
Practice (%)
Labs (%)
Projects/Field Work (%)
Seminars/Workshops (%)
Final (%) 60
Other (%)
Total(%) 100
Course Book (s) and/or References - Powerpoint presentations prepared by the instructor - Video demonstration of sample cases for each disorder Additional Resources: 1. American Psychiatric Association (APA) (2013). The diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: Author 2. Barkley, R. A. (2018). Attention Deficit – Hyperactivity Disorder: A Handbook for Diagnosis & Treatment (4th ed.). Guilford Press. 3. Ollendick, T. H., White, S. W., & White, B. A. (2018). The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. (2018). In T.H. Ollendick, S.W.White, & B.A. White (Eds.): Oxford Library of Psychology 4. Thapar, A. & Pine, D. S. (2016). Rutter’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (5th ed.). In J.F. Leckman, S. Scott, M.J. Snowling & E. Taylor (Eds.). Oxford: Blackwell 5. Volkmar, F.R., Rogers, S.J., Paul, R., & Pelphrey, K. A. (2014). Handbook of autism and pervasive developmental disorder (4th ed.). Volume 1: Diagnosis, development, and brain mechanisms. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley 6. Wilmshurst, L. (2015). Essentials of Child and adolescent psychopathology (2nd ed.). Wiley Sons 7. Wilmshurst, L. (2017). Abnormal child and adolescent psychology: A developmental perspective (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 8. Wilmshurst, L. (2018). Child and adolescent psychopathology: A casebook (4th ed.). Los Angeles: SAGE
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