Introduction to Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology

Course Description

This course aims to provide an overview of psychological disorders in childhood and adolescence. Students will learn about disorders usually diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or early adolescence, such as autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit, and disruptive behavior disorders. Further, the course will educate students about how psychological disorders that arise throughout child development into adulthood, such as anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and depression, specifically impact children and adolescents.

The course will emphasize critical thinking about causes, assessment, symptoms, treatment, and current research in the field. By the end of the course, we expect students to appreciate the relevance of context, culture, and scientific research in understanding abnormal psychology and its treatment. This course will provide students with a foundation in abnormal psychology to prepare them for further education in psychology and provide students with the most up-to-date information on the conceptualization, assessment, and treatment of pediatric psychological disorders.

In this course, you will:

  • Obtain a broad understanding of mental health problems in youth, including anxiety, mood, disruptive behavior, attention deficit hyperactivity, learning, autism spectrum, psychotic, eating, and substance use disorders
  • Develop critical thinking skills as applied to causes, assessment, and treatment relevant for each disorder
  • Conceptualize psychopathology using a developmental perspective
  • Consider the role of stigma toward the child and family in abnormal behavior and mental illness
  • Consider the role of the family and environment in the course and treatment of pediatric psychological disorders
  • Identify the strengths and limitations of research on pediatric psychiatric illnesses and treatment




One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: June 20, 2022 - July 01, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: Online - Asynchronous
Status: Closed
Format: Online
Instructor(s): Carla Correia
Elisabeth Frazier
Course Number: 10112