Learning objectives

General framework (applicable to all topics in the option)

  1. To what extent do biological, cognitive and socio-cultural factors influence abnormal behaviour?

  2. Evaluate psychological research (that is, theories and/or studies) relevant to abnormal psychology.

Concepts and diagnosis

  1. Examine the concepts of normality and abnormality.

  2. Discuss validity and reliability of diagnosis.

  3. Discuss cultural and ethical considerations in diagnosis.

Psychological disorders

  1. Describe symptoms and prevalence of one disorder from two of the following groups: Anxiety disorders, affective disorders, eating disorders.

  2. Analyze the etiologies of two disorders.

  3. Discuss cultural and gender variations in prevalence of disorders.

Implementing treatment

  1. Examine biomedical, individual and group approaches to treatment.

  2. Evaluate the use of biomedical, individual and group approaches to the treatment of one disorder.

  3. Discuss the use of eclectic approaches to treatment.

  4. Discuss the relationship between etiology and therapeutic approach in relation to one disorder.

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