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  • PSYCHOLOGY 168    Section: 1


    Spring Quarter 2008

    Units: 4
    Prerequisites: Psychology 1, 41.

    Course Information:


                                                      ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY


                                                                Psychology (PSC) 168


                                                                        Spring, 2008



    Professor Nolan Zane

    268B Young Hall

    Phone: 752-5419; E-mail: nwzane@ucdavis.edu

    Office Hrs:  T 2:10-3, R 2:10-3 or by appointment


    Teaching Assistant: Lauren Berger

    146 Young Hall

    Phone: 754-5910; E-mail: lkberger@ucdavis.edu

    Office Hrs: MW 2:00-3:00 or by appointment



    Course Description


    The course examines the definition, assessment, prevalence, manifestation, etiology, and treatment of abnormal behavior.  The symptomatology and prevalence of various types of psychopathology are presented along with the most current theories and research on the possible causes of these disorders. Also discussed is research on the effectiveness of interventions and mental health services designed to treat a particular disorder. Specific issues addressed include the sociocultural context of normal and abnormal behavior, historical perspectives to abnormal behavior, empirical approaches to studying deviant behavior, the diagnostic classification system, differing models and theories of psychopathology, culture-bound syndromes, symptoms, etiology, and course of illness for each major mental health disorder, the development and evaluation of treatments for certain disorders, and the legal and ethical responsibilities of the mental health profession. Special emphasis is given to examining important ethnic, cultural, gender, and age influences on the patterns and symptoms of different types of mental health disorders and how issues of diversity may affect a person's response to mental health treatment and care. 


    Course Requirements


    1.         Regular class attendance and completion of required reading.


    2.         A midterm exam (45% of course grade) and a final exam (55% of course grade) each involving multiple-choice questions.  The final exam will be cumulative. Grading will be done on a curve. Extra credit may be available.


    Required Text:      Sue, D., Sue, D., Sue, S. (2006). Understanding abnormal behavior. (8th ed.). New York: Houghton & Mifflin.



    Course Overview and Introduction

    Definitions of Abnormal Behavior

    Research Methods in the Study of Abnormal Behavior 

    Models of Abnormal Behavior     

    Assessment and Classification of Abnormal Behavior 

    Anxiety Disorders 

    Dissociative Disorders and Somatoform Disorders 

    Psychological Conditions Affecting Medical Conditions  

    Personality Disorders and Impulse Control Disorders  

    Substance-related Disorders   

    Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders 

    Mood Disorders  


    Schizophrenia: Diagnosis and Symptoms    

    Schizophrenia: Etiology and Treatment   

    Eating Disorders and Sleep Disorder   

    Individual and Group Therapy      

    Legal and Ethical Issues                  


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    Classroom Class Schedule Course Website
    100 Hunt T R   12:10 PM - 2:00 PM
    Instructor Instructor Email Office Office Hours
    Nolan Zane , Ph.D. 268B Young Hall TR 2:00-3:00pm