Undergraduate Course: Developmental Psychopathology (PSYL10153)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Developmental psychopathology is the study of the developmental processes that lead to psychopathology or impairment in everyday function. As a discipline, it is concerned with the different disorders, which have their origins in infancy, childhood or adolescence. This course will cover theoretical perspectives on different disorders, with an emphasis on the dynamic interplay between genetic, neurobiological, psychological, social, cognitive, emotional, and cultural influences.
In this course, we will explore the theoretical perspectives on different disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders, externalising disorders (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and callous-unemotional traits), emotional problems in childhood and adolescence (Anxiety and Depression), Attachment Disorders and behavioural patterns following early deprivation or maltreatment. There will be an emphasis on the dynamic interplay between genetic, neurobiological, psychological, social, cognitive, emotional, and cultural influences (i.e. multiple levels of analysis). The importance of early experiences and the complexities of risk and protective factors will be addressed. There will be a specific focus on Issues relating to assessment of psychopathology and research methods will be critically discussed
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Degree major in Psychology and passes in Psychology courses at least to the equivalent of Psychology 2 in Edinburgh. Prior agreement is needed with the Year 4 Course Organizer.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
30% Coursework (Group Project) (LO4, LO5),
70% Exam (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Developmental Psychopathology Exam||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand current theories and research in the area of developmental psychopathology.
- Identify the major mental disorders that affect infants, children and adolescents and critically discuss their classification and assessment
- Gain an understanding of current approaches to understanding the aetiology and maintenance of these disorders.
- Evaluate the strengths and limitations of the developmental psychopathology approach.
- Gain knowledge of how current clinical practice is informed by theory and empirical evidence in developmental psychopathology.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Jasmin Wertz
|Course secretary||Miss Kayla Johnson-McCraw
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440