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 Disorders and Psychopathology

Child disorders and psychopathology

Learning aims

At the end of this chapter you should:

  • Be familiar with the variety of psychological disorders in childhood and adolescence
  • Understand how pervasive developmental disorders affect children
  • Understand how learning disabilities can impact the developmental stages of a child
  • Be able to identify the variety of factors that are responsible for mental retardation.

Introduction

Case Study

Marc and Debra had the perfect middle-class suburban life. They lived in a nice house in a pleasant, quiet neighbourhood; they had two kids, Jasmine and Jacob. They went on family holidays and took weekend trips on their motorcycles and were often seen playing ball with their children in the back garden. Family, friends and neighbours described the family as wonderful and they never seemed to ...

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