This unit of study is designed to provide students with a critical appreciation and understanding of the major forms of psychopathology that occur across the lifespan. It examines and applies the concepts of psychopathology and classification systems. It also includes discussion of developmental pathways that lead to and maintain common symptom patterns, and the meaning of these patterns in the context of developmental stages and sociocultural factors. The limitations of the application of categorical diagnostic taxonomies in diverse populations will be covered as well. Students will also be introduced to psychopharmacological considerations relevant to the professional practice of psychology.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):