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Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 152 May 20-Jun 14 01:00 04:45 TWR
Alterations may be made as the need arises in the judgment of the professor. Please check on Blackboard and listen for in class announcements for potential changes in any part of this syllabus.

Instructor: Phone: E-mail: Office: Office Hours:

Alessandra Rellini, Ph.D. (802) 656-4110 – do not leave messages – email is better arellini@uvm.edu 240 John Dewey Hall Tu 12:00-1:00pm Course Main Objectives

To increase students’ knowledge of psychological theory and research concerning different forms of mental illness and “abnormal” behavior, with a particular emphasis on the biopsychosocial perspective. To increase students’ understanding of the social, historical, and cultural contexts of mental illness. To enhance students’ ability to understand the language used in the field of clinical psychology. To introduce different theoretical perspectives on abnormal behavior. Students will develop an understanding of the basic assumptions behind alternative models that attempt to explain abnormal behavior. For each psychological disorder covered, students will examine the proposed causes and treatments offered by each perspective. The value of an integrated approach will be emphasized. To familiarize students to the art of identifying the most crucial information from written and oral presentations (i.e., textbook, journal articles and lectures). Textbooks

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Required: Kearney, C.A. & Trull, T.J. (2011). Abnormal Psychology and Life: A dimensional Approach. Optional: American Psychiatric Association (2000). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th Edition Text Revision). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press, Inc. Readings: Posted on BlackBoard Personal Psychological Wellbeing: Approximately half of the population is expected to experience substantial psychological problems at some point in their lives. Thus, it is likely that some students will know someone with psychological difficulties or are experiencing psychological difficulties themselves. While I hope the class will provide valuable information on mental health, just learning this information is not enough to solve problems. The best move you can make, should you or someone you know be experiencing psychological distress, is to contact the school counseling center (The Jacobs House Office: 802.656.3340; Redstone

Office: 802.656.0784; On-call after hrs counselor: 802.656.3473). Although I am a clinical psychologist, it would be unethical for me to act as your therapist because under no circumstances should a therapist have a second relationship such as being your instructor. It may be important for you to realize that, seeking help during times of distress does not mean that there is an irrevocable problem but things will not get better unless you take action. People do improve with a variety of treatments but first they need to make the effort to change. Please seek psychotherapy and encourage your friends and loved ones to do the same if you see them in distress. Course Requirements Readings: There are 2 types of readings: textbook and articles. Both readings are listed on the course schedule (see Bb) and the articles can be downloaded from the course material. Students should do the readings assigned for that lecture BEFORE coming to class. At times I will call on students to answer questions relevant to the readings. The answers to these questions will be taken into consideration for the final grade. FOR THE CHAPTERS: Read the entire chapter even if we may take 2 days to cover the whole chapter. FOR THE ARTICLES: You will be expected to have read and understood the articles and you will be expected to be able to answer questions about the articles. You may take notes about the article and can consult them to answer a question although it is not okay to read straight out of your notes to address questions asked by me or your fellow students. The notes should be there just to provide you some aid for your memory. The lectures will add to the readings but students are expected to read the information in the text and know this information even if not specifically covered in class. Assignments: A total of 4 assignments will be administered for this class. All assignments are completed at home and brought to class. Assignments are listed in the calendar below, and are listed and explained on Blackboard. It is the students’ responsibility to know when the assignments are due. Assignments format: assignments are accepted only if they are typed! Students need to bring a printed copy of the assignment to class. EMAILED ASSIGNMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. The assignments are designed to help you prepare for the exams so you should keep a copy of the assignment for yourself. All assignments will need to be turned in at the beginning of the class when they are due and they should be turned in the provided boxes/envelopes. If the assignment is returned after the lecture for that day has already started the assignment will be considered 1 day late. Students may NOT turn in the assignments by e-mail. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure the assignment is correctly placed in one of the boxes provided. Assignments that are misplaced because not turned in the correct boxes will be considered NOT turned in. Assignment scoring: 1) 61-70 points: comprehensive, well done. The student has identified all the important information in the chapter and has NOT included information that is trivial or less important. 2) 51-60 points: the student has included too much information and is showing not to understand how to differentiate between the important and the less relevant information. Or: The student is missing few details that are important 3) 50 points or less: the student has failed to include important information and/or has included only information that is not essential for the adequate knowledge of the topic. A motivated student that carefully studies the assigned chapters is expected to receive full credit for the assignments and will be at an advantage to have a better grade in the exam compared to a student who completes the assignments quickly and does not pay attention to the assigned chapters. Late assignments: Assignments can be turned in 1 day late with a 10 points penalty and 2 days late for 15 points penalty. The student should leave the assignment in the box outside office

John Dewey Room 240. Have someone from the Sexual Health Research Clinic (Room 241) or the Main Office sign, date and time your assignment when you returned your assignment and IMMEDIATELY send an email to your TA to inform her that the assignment was left in the box. Prof. Rellini will accept late assignments without penalty ONLY AND EXCLUSIVELY if cleared first by the Dean’s Office (phone: 656-3344). Students should ask the Deans’ Office to send Prof. Rellini an email that explains and confirms the extreme circumstances experienced by the student. Examples of extreme hardships are: death in the family, life threatening events, severe, sudden and documented medical conditions. A planned medical procedure, an athletic event, feeling sick after a late night partying, or family events are not considered extreme hardships. The assignments are posted ahead of time and can be completed in advance. No e-mailed assignments will be accepted. Exams and Make-Up Exams: Three 50-questions non-cumulative multiple choice exams (worth 300 points each exam) will be given. Each exam will cover assigned reading material in the text book (whether or not it has been discussed during class), class lectures, articles, and any videos shown. The three exams are offered only at the times indicated on the schedule. If you miss a regularly scheduled exam for any reason, you will need to take the make-up exam, also a non-cumulative multiple choice exam. A student can make-up only ONE exam – if a student misses 2 or more exams, the make-up will be used for one of the missed exams and the other missed exams will be scored as zero (0). There is no need to contact the instructor if a student misses a regularly scheduled exam; the student should simply attend the makeup exam. Please email me to let me know you want to complete a make-up exam. Oral Participation: Students are expected not only to read the material but to understand it and being able to intelligently discuss the material with the instructor and their peers. The instructor will provide 5 opportunities to each student to show their understanding of the material. This will occur in terms of questions the faculty will pose at the beginning of a lecture or throughout a lecture. Students’ names will be called and the student will be asked to provide an answer. These are opportunity to discuss and show one’s understanding of the material. The questions are also formulated to spring a discussion that will involve other students. Scores: 50-55 indicates the student has achieved a superior understanding of the material. He/she is able not only to present the material clearly but has shown to have engaged deeply with the material and to relate it to knowledge coming from other courses and our culture 45-49. The student shows a good understanding of the material and is able to present the information clearly and correctly. 40-44 The student has clearly understood the material but the information is not always clearly expressed. 10-39. The student shows major lacunae in the understanding of the material and the exposition is unclear and fragmented. 1-9. It is unclear whether the student read the material. 0. The student was not present for 2 consecutive calls or the student was unprepared. Class Participation: Class participation is critical. Because issues related to abnormal psychology are frequently value-laden, students will be asked to exercise critical thinking skills throughout the course. Students should be aware that during class some videos will be shown that can be difficult to watch for some people. Students are encouraged to take care of themselves and if some of the videos are too upsetting they can excuse themselves from the class. If you choose to do so, please contact Prof. Rellini on the same day. You will also need to schedule a time to meet with the TAs to go over information that is relevant for the exams. Please seek a counselor immediately if you find yourself very upset after one of the videos. Attendance: ATTENDANCE IS NOT MANDATORY! Students should be aware that approximately half of the material in the exam will come from class lectures so it is in the students’ best interest

to attend class. There is no need to contact the instructor if a student misses a class. Each student will be responsible for the material covered in class, regardless of attendance. If a student misses a class for any reason, the student should ask a fellow student for lecture notes. THE PROFESSOR WILL NOT POST NOTES ONLINE; taking notes is strictly the responsibility of the student. Also be aware of potential negative consequences if the absent student is called for an oral participation on that day. Religious Holidays: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. You need to hand me by the end of the first week of classes your documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work. If you inform me after the first week of classes I may or may not be able to accommodate your needs. Classroom Environment: University of Vermont Classroom Code of Conduct. Faculty and students will at all times conduct themselves in a manner that serves to maintain, promote, and enhance the high quality academic environment befitting the University of Vermont. To this end, it is expected that all members of the learning community will adhere to the following guidelines: 1. Students and faculty will arrive prepared for class and on time, and they will remain in class until the class is dismissed. 2. Faculty and students will treat all members of the learning community with respect. Toward this end, they will promote academic discourse and the free exchange of ideas by listening with civil attention to comments made by all individuals. Talking while a student is making a comment or while the faculty is lecturing is considered a breach to this rule ad may result in the dismissal of the student from the classroom for that lecture. 4. Students and faculty will maintain an appropriate academic climate by refraining from all actions that disrupt the learning environment (e.g., making noise, ostentatiously not paying attention, leaving and reentering the classroom inappropriately, utilizing a device for activities not related to taking class notes). 5. Students and the instructor should turn off cell phones and not use TEXT MESSAGING during class. 6. Computers in the classroom should be used to take notes only. Surfing the Internet or checking email is not an acceptable use of a laptop. If the instructor is informed that a student is using the computer/phone or other devices for non-class related activities that student will be asked to leave the classroom at once, he/she will lose the right to use the computer in class for the rest of the semester and the final score will be reduced by 30 points (out of 300) in the next exam. Students that want to use computers to take notes need to sit in the first 5 rows of the classroom. 7. Missing the final exam. If the student has valid health-related reasons to miss the exam he/she can contact the Dean of Students’ Office and ask for an incomplete in the class. I will arrange with the student a time before the following semester to take the Final again. I will not give the final again at a different time during finals. If a student misses an exam because he/she overslept or for reasons that the Dean’s Office does not recognize as valid, the student will receive a ZERO in their final exam. Prerequisite: This course is designed for intermediate undergraduate students in psychology and related fields who have completed Principles of Psychology (Psy01). Academic Honesty: (Excerpts from the University of Vermont Policy on Academic Honesty) Academic dishonesty or an offense against academic honesty includes acts that may subvert or compromise the integrity of the educational process. Such acts are serious offenses that insult the integrity of the entire academic community. Offenses against academic honesty are any acts that would have the effect of unfairly promoting or enhancing one’s academic standing within the

entire community of learners which includes, but is not limited to, the faculty and students of the University of Vermont. Academic dishonesty includes knowingly permitting or assisting any person in the committing of an act of academic dishonesty. Examples of academic dishonesty include: Communicating in any manner with other students during an examination; copying or giving aid during an examination; bringing notes or aids to an examination; possessing or providing to another person an examination or portions of an examination prior to or subsequent to the administration of the examination without the authorization of the instructor; and substituting for, arranging for substitution by another student, or otherwise representing oneself as another person during an examination session or comparable circumstance. Plagiarism: Plagiarism occurs whenever you present another person’s ideas as your own. In written assignments, students must NOT duplicate passages of more than five words from another source without quotation marks AND proper attribution. If you paraphrase someone else’s words, you do not use quotation marks, but you still need to give the reference. See the following resource for additional information on plagiarism: http://www.uvm.edu/~agri99/plagiarism.html. You are responsible for knowing and understanding the Plagiarism policies of the University Vermont, which are available in the Code of Academic Integrity on-line at http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/acadintegrity.pdf. If a student engages in academic misconduct, the case will be forwarded to the Center for Student Ethics & Standards and may involve sanctions such as receiving a zero on the assignment or failing the course. Special Accommodations and ACCESS: If you believe that there is anything that the instructor needs to know that might improve your learning environment in this class, please contact her by phone, or in person, as soon as possible. UVM, through its ACESSS office, provides accommodation, consultation, collaboration and education support services to students with disabilities. To contact the ACCESS office, go to: http://www.uvm.edu/access/; email them at access@uvm.edu; or call at 656-7753. If you need specific accommodations in this class, please bring a letter from ACCESS to the instructor within the first 3 weeks of class so that we can make appropriate arrangements. If you are certified by ACCESS to take exams in the Exam Proctoring Center, you must contact the Teaching Assistant for this course AT LEAST 1 WEEK before any exam to say that you will be taking the exam in the Proctoring Center and to notify us of the scheduled time of your exam. This is how we will arrange for your exam. ACCESS students are expected to take all exams on the same dates as the regularly scheduled exam. Grades Exam grades will be posted on Blackboard as soon as they are available: www.myuvm.edu TOTAL MAX POINTS THAT CAN BE EARNED IN THE CLASS: 1000 POINTS Task Total Points exam 1 250 exam 2 250 assignment 1 70 assignment 2 70 assignment 3 70 assignment 4 70 Oral 1 55 Oral 2 55 Oral 3 55 Oral 4 55 Total 1000

Exams: A total of two (2) exams will be administered. Students can earn a maximum of 250 points on each exam. There are 50 questions per exam. Assignments: Four (4) assignments for 70 points each. See on Bb under course requirements for information on assignments. Oral Participation: Each student will be called 5 times to answer questions regarding the chapter or the readings. Each answer will be graded on the ability of the student to clearly present and integrate information (Max 55 points each). Please note that questions can be asked about the readings for that day or any previous readings. These questions are developed to help students develop critical thinking and integrate the material, while also helps to learn how to clearly express one’s ideas verbally. Students will be communicated the score for their answer at the end of that class and they will be allowed to drop the lowest of the 5 scores. If a student is called on a day when he/she is absent the student will receive an incomplete. Two incompletes without a documentation from the CAS Deans Office that the absence was excused counts as zero for one of the 5 oral class participation. Extra Credits: No extra credit is available for this class. Students’ grades is a direct reflection of their knowledge of the material.

Please be aware that since EC opportunities are NOT provided, the scores are AUTOMATICALLY ROUNDED UP at the end of the semester. For example, a score of 796 points will be automatically rounded up to 800 and the
student will receive a B-. Grade Concerns: Students interested in improving their grades are encouraged to contact me as soon as possible. I am available on a weekly basis and help you identify ways to improve your reading, note taking and studying skills. I will NOT be able to accommodate students who contact me for the first time the last week of class with concerns about grades since the only help I can provide to improve studying skills will be useless at that time. So: come early! I also encourage students to visit the Learning Co-op (Living/Learning Center, 244 Commons) for help with writing, study skills, and exam-taking skills. They are a great asset and students (even very good students) would benefit from visiting this center and receiving the extra support. Grade Disputes: If a student disagrees with a grade received on an assignment, challenges to the grade must be made in writing within 2 days from when the exam was returned. A student who wants to challenge an answer to one of the items in the exam must carefully explain his/her reason(s) in detail on paper completed with references to both textbook and class lectures. The challenge should be type-written and turned in to the TAs within one (1) week since the return of the assignment. The TAs will assess the challenge and make a decision of whether the challenge is accepted (a change in grade is granted) or not (no changes in the grade). If the student wants to appeal this decision, I will review the challenge and will give my opinion on the validity of the challenge. If the student chooses to appeal my decision, the TA will select a group of 5 students from those who received the best grade in the class for that exam to evaluate the challenge and a vote of 4 or more in favor of the challenge will grant a change in the score. This decision will be final. Challenges to grades will not be accepted more than one week following the assignment of grades. The following scale will be used to determine your final letter grade:

Course Grades: Letter grades will be based on the following scores based on the 1000 possible points. Do not call the instructor for favors to round up your score at the end of the semester! Scores will not be rounded up because EC opportunities are offered and available to all students. Rounding up is NOT a practice used in this course. To earn a(n): A AB+ B BC+ C CD+ D DF Receive: At least 930 points At least 900 points At least 870 points At least 830 points At least 800 points At least 770 points At least 730 points At least 700 points At least 670 points At least 630 points At least 600 points Less than 600 points Definition:
Achievement that is outstanding relative to the level necessary to meet course requirements. Achievement that is significantly above that necessary to meet course requirements.

Achievement that meets course requirements in every respect.

Achievement that is worthy of credit even though even though it fails to meet fully the course requirements.

Work was either complete but at a level of achievement that is not worthy of credit or not completed.

If you wish your grades were higher: The Learning Cooperative in Living & Learning Commons Room 244 has peer tutors available for this course. Cost is $10.00 per hour (free for some students), and appointments can be arranged at convenient sites on campus at a wide variety of days and times, even after hours and on weekends. Please call the Co-op (656-4075), visit their web site http://www.uvm.edu/~subtutor/, or stop by M-Th 8a-9p, F 8a-5p, Sun 6p-9p for additional information. Also students can arrange meetings with me (office hrs illustrated above) to learn tips on how to improve grades in future exams and how to study more effectively. Class Schedule: Dates and scheduled topics are tentative and somewhat flexible because it will depend on what the class may want/need to focus on. Please note that the lecture topic titles do not necessarily match the textbook chapter titles. Some topics are covered over more than one date. Students are expected to read the entire chapter for the first class. Summarizing the chapters and creating review cards for both lectures and textbook is not required but it is highly recommended for the student who wants to receive a B or higher in the course. Date Topic Assigned Chapters DATE TOPIC COVERED DURING THE LECTURE Course Introduction – Defining Abnormal Behavior History of Abnormal Behavior Theoretical Perspectives on Abnormal Behavior Anxiety Disorders
READINGS pp. 2 – 10 pp. 10 – 13 pp. 72-92 WRITTEN ASSIGMENTS

May 21

May 22 May 23

pp. 22 – 40 pp. 102-111 pp116-136

May 28

Mood Disorders

pp. 172-211
Klein, D. (2010). Chronic depression: Diagnosis and classification. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 96-100.

Assignment 1 Anxiety

May 29

Discussion of Anxiety & Mood

Amanda W. Calkins, A. W., Otto, M. W., Cohen, C. N., Soares, A. F., Vitonis, B. A., et al., (2009). Psychosocial predictors of the onset of anxiety disorders in women: Results from a prospective 3-year longitudinal study. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23, 1165–1169.

May 30 June 4 June 5 June 6 June 11 June 12 June 13

Exam 1 Sexual Dysfunction Paraphilia: Personality Disorders Psychotic Disorders Lars & The Real Girl Discussion Exam 2
pp.283-305 pp.347375
Addington, J., Piskulic, D., & Marshall, C. (2010). Psychosocial treatments for schizophrenia. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 260-263

Assignment 2 Mood Disorders
pp. 312-341

Assignment 3 Sexual Dysfunction

Assignment 4 Psychotic Disorders

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