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PSYC& 220 Abnormal Psychology • 5 Cr.


Introduces the theories, diagnosis, and treatment of maladaptive behavior and psychological disorders. Class format may include field trips to psychiatric institutions. Prerequisite: PSYC& 100.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Articulate the criteria and controversy regarding the definition of abnormal behavior.
  • Describe current practices of diagnosis, assessment and research (including DSM) in classifying disorders and determining their need for treatment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of historical/contemporary views of abnormality.
  • Describe the major techniques and theoretical approaches to understaning and treating abnormal behavior.
  • Identify the major diagnostic categories and discriminate among symptoms, proposed causes, and preferred treatments of each of the following disorders:
    • Anxxiety Disorders
    • Dissociative Disorders
    • Mood Disorders
    • Personality Disorders
    • Addictive Disorders
    • Sexual Disorders
    • Schizophrenia
    • Organic Brain Disorders
    • Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
    • Adjustment Disorders



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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
Work: (425) 564-1000