Abnormal Adolescent Psychology

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Course DatesLengthMeeting TimesStatusFormatInstructor(s)CRN
July 19, 2021 - August 18, 20217/19 - 8/184 WeeksOnlineWaitlistedOnlineCharlene Collibee

Course Description

Are you interested in learning about how mental health affects teens? Why adolescence is called the time of storm and stress? What it really means for an adolescent to have depression, anxiety, or a personality disorder? Students will learn how psychiatric disorders manifest among adolescents, how disorders are treated, and controversies in adolescent psychiatric diagnoses. This class will use lectures, discussions, and multimedia to present these topics in a fun and interactive way.

The goal of this course is to provide an overview of psychological disorders in adolescence. The course will educate students about how psychological disorders that arise throughout child development into adulthood, such as autism or learning disorders, specifically impact adolescents. It will also focus on those that typically emerge or worsen in adolescence, including depression, anxiety, conduct disorder, substance abuse, and eating disorders.

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 our understanding of abnormal psychology and its treatment among adolescents. This course will provide students with a foundation in abnormal psychology and more in depth content focusing on adolescent mental health to prepare them for further education in the field of psychology. Students will finish the course with the most up to date information on the conceptualization, assessment, and treatment of psychological disorders among adolescents.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
• 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.

Prerequisites: None

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEPY0976

Program Information


Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences for students completing grades 9-12 by June 2021.

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