Full course description
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the field of developmental psychopathology, an interdisciplinary field that employs the framework of normal development to understand psychopathology as it unfolds throughout the natural lifespan. Developmental psychopathology integrates research findings from developmental and clinical psychology, behavioural genetics, neuropsychology and psychiatry into models that explain how psychopathology develops.
The focus of this seminar will be to examine child psychopathology through the lens of developmental psychopathology. The sessions will cover broad conceptual and methodological issues in developmental psychopathology research, as well as genetic, environmental influences and family factors in the development of psychopathology. Additional sessions will address current theory and research in specific types of childhood psychopathology, such as anxiety, depression, conduct disorders and autism. In each of these sessions findings from developmental research will be integrated with clinical studies.
Students will be able to understand:
child psychopathology, oppositional-defiant disorder, conduct disorder, antisocial personality disorder, primum non nocere, bullying, KOPP, children of parents with psychiatric problems parental rearing, Munchhausen by proxy, mental retardation, assessment, Tourette’s syndrome, autism, Pica, rumination disorder, conversion disorder, childhood schizophrenia.