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330.661.01 Social, Psychological, and Developmental Processes in the Etiology of Mental Disorders

Mental Health
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2010 - 2011
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Catherine Bradshaw
Course Instructor :

Examines the major social, psychological, and developmental theories of mental and behavioral disorders. Covers biopsychosocial frameworks such as the diathesis stress model, ecological theory, and life course development. Psychological models include behavioral, cognitive, personality, and psychodynamic theories. Covers social processes covered such as social stratification, social integration, social diffusion, social stress, social learning, social cognitive, and attachment. Applies these theories to major mental and behavioral disorders of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, including depression, anxiety, conduct disorders, and personality disorders. Explores multidisciplinary areas, and includes guest lectures by other mental health faculty. Lectures highlight main issues from readings, provide additional information on theories, and apply reading and lecture materials to specific mental and behavioral disorders.

Methods of Assessment:

Based on class participation, oral presentation, a research paper and a final exam. For doctoral students in DMH, a research paper and oral presentation is required for the additional unit (1.0) of course credit.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

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Consent required of undergraduates.

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