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Psychology 220

Behaviour Disorders

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 4

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Psychology 120 and 12 credits

Corequisite: English 100

Text: Abnormal Psychology & Study Guide, (11th Ed). I. Sarason and B. Sarason. Pearson

Course Description:

This course is aimed at reviewing the definition, history and scope of deviant behaviour, with emphasis on the psychological factors that contribute to its aetiology and treatment.

The course begins with various definitions of adaptive and maladaptive behaviour, historical background of abnormal psychology, and theoretical perspectives on maladaptive behaviour. Then, various therapeutic strategies (e.g., cognitive therapy) will be briefly introduced, and major classification and assessment methods of behaviour disorders will be reviewed. Through the following weeks, a wide range of maladaptive patterns of behaviour including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, and disorders of childhood and adolescence will be surveyed.

Course Outline:

Chapter Content

Chapter 1

Abnormal Psychology: Past and Present

Chapter 2

Research in Abnormal Psychology

Chapter 3

Models of Abnormality

Chapter 4

Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Chapter 5

Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive, and Related Disorders

Chapter 6

Stress Disorders

Chapter 7

Disorders Focusing on Somatic and Dissociative Symptoms

Chapter 8

Disorders of Mood

Chapter 9

Treatments for Mood Disorders

Chapter 10


Chapter 11

Eating Disorders

Chapter 12

Substance Use and Addiction Disorders

Chapter 14


Chapter 15

Treatments for Schizophrenia and Other Severe Mental Disorders

Chapter 16

Personality Disorders

Chapter 17

Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence


Class Attendance 10%
Participation 10%
Term Project 10%
Mid-term 30%
Final Exam 40%


Gary Mangel, B.A. (McGill), M.A. (Simon Fraser)
Crystal Ehreshman, B.A. (Saskatchewan), M.Sc. (Lethbridge)

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