In this unit we review empirical approaches to understanding maladaptive behaviour, psychosocial disorders and dysfunctions in all age groups. The current paradigms of abnormal behaviour and approaches to intervention are examined and compared, along with the problems associated with psychological diagnosis and assessment. Symptomatology, theories and research findings are presented from an integrative perspective that stresses the importance of multifactorial rather than simplistic formulations of psychological problems. Therapeutic interventions are explored in detail during discussions.
PRESCRIBED TEXT - ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY: AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH
Abnormal Psychology, 1st Edition has been adapted to the Australia/New Zealand region from the popular...