Abnormal Psychology ( Theory )

Paper Code: 
HHD 423
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This course will enable the students to:


·         Understand the prevailing psychological problems in various age groups and causes of the problems.


·         Understand the treatments and therapies for psychological problems.

·         Get acquainted with the various methods of studying characteristics and behavior in various handicaps. 

·         Get acquainted with the various methods of measuring the physical and intellectual capabilities of individual.

·         Understand the problems of handicaps and their mainstreaming.

Unit I: 
Abnormal Psychology



a)Meaning, definition and concept of psychology.

b) The concept of normality and abnormality; Classification of mental disorders (ICD X and DSM IV).

c)Causes of psychological disturbances in various age groups.-different viewpoints.

d)  Assessment of Abnormal Behaviors – Case history taking – Mental status

examination, Psychometric and Computer in assessments.

Unit II: 
Maladaptive Behaviors



  1. Eating Disorder
  2. Sleeping disorder-Parasomnias, Dyssomnias
  3. Diagnostic Dilemmas-Chronic fatigue syndrome, irrational bowel movement
  4. Anxiety disorders- Panic disorder, Phobia, Obsessive compulsive disorder, Generalized Anxiety disorder; their symptoms, types, etiology and treatment.
  5. Mood disorders- Manic episode, Depressive episode, Bipolar Affective disorders, Dysthymia.
Unit III: 
Somatoform, personality & Psychotic Disorder


  1. Somatoform disorders and Dissociative disorders.
  2. Personality disorders-paranoid, schizoid, Dissociative, Impulsive, Anti Social, Borderline, Avoidance, Dependent Personalities
  3. Substance use disorders.
  4. Sexual Dysfunctions and Deviations.
  5. Psychotic disorder-Schizophrenia, delusional disorder
Unit IV: 
Childhood Disorders



  1. Specific disorders in children: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disability and mental retardation: Symptomsand causes.
  2. Neurotic disorders: Childhood compulsive, obsessive and phobic reactions.
  3. Childhood psychosis: Autismand childhood schizophrenia: Symptomsand causes.

Cognitive impairments: Approaches and etiology of delirium ,dementia and amnestic syndromes

Unit V: 
Psychological therapies


a). Introduction to psychiatric treatments- Concept, definition, goals.

b)Therapies- Individual – Psychiatry,  psychotherapy, client centered, Cognitive therapy, logotherapy, gestalt therapy, Group therapy- psychotherapy, psychodrama, transactional analysis.

c) Behavior modification- Systematic desensitization, flooding and implosive, contingency management, token economy, aversion, modeling.

d) Biological, medical, electroconvulsive and psychosurgery.

  1. Cross- cultural- Yoga, meditation, hypnosis, bio feedback, autogenic training, work therapy.
  2. Institutional care.
  3. Psychological therapies for children- Play therapy,  Behavior and cognitive therapy, Family therapy
Essential Readings: 
  • Davison, G., & Neale, J.  (2003). Abnormal Psychology  (8thed. With Cases).  New York:  John Wiley & Sons, Inc
  • Barlow D.H. and Durand V.M. (2005). Abnormal Psychology: An Integrated Approach(4thEd.).Wadsworth: New York.
  • Carson R.C., Butcher J.N., Mineka, S., & Hooley J.M. (2007). Abnormal Psychology (13thEd.).ND: Pearson Education.
  • Kring,A.M.,Johnson,S.L.,Davison G.C. & Neale J.M. (2010). Abnormal Psychology (11thEd.).NY: John Wiley.
  • Lask, B. (1985). Overcoming behavior problems in children: A practical guide. New York: Arco Publishing, Inc.
  • Quay, H.L., &Werry, J.S. (eds.) (1986). Psychological disorders of childhood.


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