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Developmental Psychpathology

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2019/20

Module Code:

PS353

Module Name:

Developmental Psychopathology

Module Credits (CATS):

15 CATS

Module Convener

Dieter Wolke

Module Teachers

Module Aims

This is an advanced course focusing on the development of problems or disorders that have their onset in infancy, childhood or adolescence. Developmental Psychopathology combines thinking from Clinical and Developmental Psychology and is interested in understanding the origins, the development and processes that lead to psychopathology and to impairment in everyday functioning.

The course will provide first a basic introduction into classification systems of psychopathology. Secondly, basic concepts and terms used in developmental Psychopathology (prevalence, incidence) or to describe mechanisms such as risk and protective factors, resources, vulnerability, resilience and co-morbidity will be introduced and critically discussed. The major part of the course will deal with major disorders including those having their onset in infancy (regulatory problems: crying, feeding, sleeping); childhood (conduct and oppositional defiant disorder and bullying victimisation) and those most frequently having their onset in adolescence or adulthood (eating disorders and psychosis). For each of the different problems or disorders we will describe the diagnostic features, jointly explore the antecedents of these disorders, try to understand the processes involved in their development and look at evidence of their longterm consequences. The course will be rounded off by a more detailed look at genetically sensitive designs (quantitative and molecular genetics) and an overview of different methodologies for the study of developmental psychopathology ranging from epidemiological to longitudinal studies and experimental approaches (e.g. intervention or treatment studies).

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Understand how psychiatric classification systems work and critically reflect on their advantages but also disadvantages.
  • Have a good understanding of the major concepts and terms in Developmental Psychopathology.
  • Be aware of the definitions, prevalence, development and prognosis of the disorders covered in the course
  • Identify the aspects of the environment, parenting and within child characteristics that have been identified to lead to different infant or childhood/adolescence onset disorders.
  • Be aware of some treatment approaches of dealing with common infancy problems such as excessive crying, feeding or sleeping problems.
  • Show a thorough understanding of the role of the environment and genetics in the development of disorders.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of different methodological approaches to the study of psychopathology.

Assessed by:

Assessed work:

One presentation (3%), Assessed work: One 1000-word essay (30%), one, 2 hour unseen exam (67%)

Module Work Load

Module Length

12 weeks

Lectures

One 2 hour lecture per week

Seminars

One seminar per week

Attendance

Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory

Module Assessment

 

Assessed work:

One PowerPoint presentation

3%

 

Assessed work:

One 1000-word essay

30%

Exam: one, 2 hour unseen exam

67%



Module Reading List

Note: It is not required to purchase these as the lectures and seminars are based on original research articles made available for each lecture.

Lewis, M., & Rudolph, K. D. (Eds.). (2014). Handbook of Developmental Psychopathology. Berlin: Springer. ISBN 978-1-4614-9608-3

Cicchetti, D. & Cohen, D.J. (2006) (Eds.), Developmental Psychopathology. Volume 1: Theory and Method. Hoboken, J.J.: John Wiley & Sons

Gillberg, C., Harrington, R. & Steinhausen, H.-C. (2005) (Eds.). A Clinician’s Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.