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Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal Psychology is based on material typically taught in a one-semester college course in abnormal psychology. Such a course usually has an introductory psychology course as a prerequisite.

The examination tests for knowledge and understanding of the historical background of abnormal psychology, the major conceptualizations in the field, and the nature and description of psychological disorders as well as their definitions, classification, etiology, and major treatments.

Topics covered include:
  • Introduction and Basic Issues
    • Historical development
    • Definitions and changing historical conceptions of “abnormal” behavior
    • Research approaches
    • Theories, paradigms, and perspectives
    • Classifications and diagnoses

  • Disorders
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Mood disorders
    • Somatoform disorders
    • Dissociative disorders
    • Psychological factors affecting physical conditions
    • Eating disorders
    • Sexual and gender identity disorders
    • Substance use disorders
    • Psychotic disorders
    • Life-span developmental disorders
    • Factitious disorders
    • Personality disorders

  • Treatment, Prevention, and Legal Issues
    • Approaches to treatment
    • Issues of treatment
    • Specific community approaches
    • Legal and ethical issues

(Taken from “Excelsior College Examination Content Guide for Abnormal Psychology,” Excelsior College Examinations.)

The required textbook(s) for the Traditional course are listed below.

  • Abnormal Psychology 4th edition   
       by Seligman, Martin / Walker, Elaine / Rosenhan, David - W. W. Norton, 2001
    ISBN 9780393944594