PSYC 232 - Behavior Disorders of Children and Adolescents

A relatively comprehensive introduction to childhood psychopathology. This course includes issues central to the field, clinical and research data, and various treatment efforts.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks: 15



PSYC 213 recommended
OR consent of the Instructor


Non-Course Prerequisites:






Course Content:
- Overview
- Roots of Applied Behaviour Analysis
- Responsible Use of Applied Behaviour Analysis Procedures
- Preparing Behavioural Objectives
- Procedures for Collecting Data, Graphic Data
- Single-Subject Designs
- Arranging Consequences that Increase Behaviour
- Arranging Consequences that Decrease Behaviour
- Differential Reinforcement: Stimulus Control and Shaping
- Functional Assessment and Analysis

- Providing for Generalizations of Behaviour Change, Teaching Students to Manage their Own Behaviour


Learning Outcomes:
This course focuses on the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents exhibiting behaviour problems that meet the criteria for diagnosis, as outlined in the DSM-IV. This class includes an analysis of the primary factors that cause or influence children's behaviour. The treatment methods discussed involved applications of applied behavioural psychology. Topics include: childhood aggression, hyperactivity, depression, tantrums and impulsive behaviour.
Students will be able to:
- Correctly identify and describe behavior analytic principles and techniques
- Discuss theoretic and applied issues in applied behavioural psychology
- Describe environmental influences on human behaviour

- Describe assessment, diagnosis and treatment procedures currently used with children and adolescents.


Grading System: Letters


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