Author Pamilla Ramsden presents a thorough understanding of abnormal psychology for undergraduate students with a focus on the integration of psychology, biology and health. Understanding Abnormal Psychology: Clinical and Biological Perspectives goes beyond a descriptive overview of clinical disorders to provide a critical appreciation of the multifaceted aspects of mental illness. Each disorder is clearly and succinctly explained with the support of case studies. These examples are then used to introduce students to the debates surrounding current research, the biology of abnormal disorders and standards of treatment. The bridge between the biological elements of brain functioning and the psychological mechanisms that are responsible for coping and adjustment is thoroughly explored. This valuable consideration of the range of elements involved in the diagnosis and treatment of clinical disorders gives students a broad and critical understanding of this complex and fascinating field.

Child Development and Abnormal Psychology

Child development and abnormal psychology

Learning aims

At the end of this chapter you should understand:

  • The various child developmental factors
  • How developmental norms are used to determine abnormal behaviour in children
  • The innate factors of personality and how this is influenced by environment
  • Psychological theories and how they relate specifically to children.


Case Studies

Jon's Story

Jon was the middle child out of three children born to a housewife and a forklift truck driver. Jon's elder brother was born with a cleft palate which led to communication and behaviour problems, such as tantrums, physical aggression and screaming. Jon's younger sister was also born with developmental problems that affected her emotionally as well as learning difficulties and she also had tantrums. Jon's elder brother and younger sister ...

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