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Psych4f10fall - 1 Child and Adolescent Psychology Psych 4...

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1 Child and Adolescent Psychology Psych 4 Fall 2010 Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-12:00 Dr. Rita Butterfield Emeritus Hall 1696 Phone : 707-664-2453 Office hours: Tuesdays 9am-10am; 4:30-5:30 rbutterfield@santarosa.edu Office: 1689 Emeritus Hall Course description This course provides an introduction to the scientific study of human development from the prenatal period through adolescence. We will examine physical, cognitive, psychological, emotional and social development, and the interrelationships between these domains across childhood and adolescence. Textbook : The World of the Child (2 nd edition), Cook, G. & Cook, J. 2009. Pearson (publisher). The package you need to purchase includes the text and an access code for MyDevelopmentLab ( www.mydevelopmentlab.com ). The access code comes free when purchased with a new copy of the textbook at the SRJC bookstore. If you want to save money and are comfortable with electronic text books, you can purchase access to MyDevelopmentLab separately at ; it comes with access to the entire text on-line. Course objectives Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Distinguish among significant theoretical perspectives on the development of the child. 2. Differentiate between chromosomes and genes, recessive and dominant traits, and monozygotic and dizygotic twins. 3. Discuss chromosomal and genetic abnormalities relevant to the psychological maladjustment of the child. 4. Describe how psychological and environmental factors such as maternal stress, nutrition, teratogens, sexually transmitted diseases, and drugs influence the development of the child. 5. Examine the brain structures, intellectual growth, perceptual processes, memory and language development of the child in the infancy, childhood, and adolescent years. 6. Explain how attachment, social deprivation, child abuse and neglect, day care, temperament, and gender differences influence the infant's social and emotional development. 7. Discuss the influence of parenting styles, siblings, peer interactions, and gender roles in the early childhood years. 8. Describe the factors that contribute to and delineate treatment strategies for childhood obesity, eating disorders, elimination disorders, ADHD, and learning disabilities. 9. Provide causal factors and treatment options for separation anxiety, conduct disorder, childhood depression, and drug abuse in the middle childhood and adolescent years. 10. Discriminate among the various theories that describe the adolescent's self-concept, emotional, cognitive, and moral development. Methods of Instruction The main teaching methods used in this course are lecture and discussion. I appreciate an interactive classroom, so questions and comments are encouraged. Please remember that if you
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2 have a question or are confused about something, there’s a very high likelihood that someone else is too. You will also be placed randomly into a “parenting group.” During the course of the semester,
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