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2018-2019 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2018-2019 SGPP Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PSY230 Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)

This course investigates the dynamics of abnormal behavior and overviews the spectrum of psychiatric disorders. Etiology, diagnosis, prognosis, research, prevention, and therapy are considered. The interactions among biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors are emphasized.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

1. Discuss the continuum of behaviors and thought processes from mental health to mental illness and the individual and societal forces in moving individuals along the spectrum.
2. Describe research methods and evaluate empirical evidence for several psychiatric disorders.
3. Differentiate between disorders based on presentation, etiology, prognosis, and treatment approaches.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying biopsychosocial issues.
5. Understand the utility and concerns with available diagnostic systems.

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